The Eastern North Carolina Section of IEEE Humanoid Robot Project team is working on a mission to build intelligent humanoid robots for STEM outreach. The first generation KEN is made from a mannequin upper body and head and has the ability to see, hear, speak, and move his neck. Now the team look forward to working with students to make more humanoid robots. More information and a picture of KEN can be found here: http://sites.ieee.org/encs-humanoid/
We brought KEN to the NC State University Centennial Campus on February 18, 2016. One of the purposes is to increase the public awareness of humanoid robots, and more importantly, the second objective is to recruit undergraduate students and graduate students to work on the second generation of the humanoid robot with the Forge Initiative children and families at Hopewell Academy. About 65 students from different majors came to the meeting. They asked many interesting questions during the demonstration. After the talk, many students came to the front to interact with the robot carefully and asked Daniel, the lead developer, more questions about the robot. Several students signed up to participate in the robot-building activities. It was a successful event.
Lixiao Huang, a human factors scientist who is enthusiastic about human-robot interaction research.