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Georgia Tech's Institute for Robotics & Intelligent Machines

Magnus Egerstedt is executive director for the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech and founder of the Robotarium.
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Georgia Tech researchers have opened a new lab that allows anyone around the world to remotely access and control its robots.

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It’s called the "Robotarium" and the university claims it's the world's first open robotics research lab.

To demonstrate how it works, a few dozen robots sit on what looks like a large air hockey table with a smooth white surface.  

Robot 'Simon' stands in the lab during a demonstration. Students from around metropolitan Atlanta participated in the Georgia Tech event as part of National Robotics Week. April 8, 2015.
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Students in metro Atlanta are on spring break this week. Usually you may think of spring break as a time to hang out in a park or play video games, but this year more than 200 kids chose to spend part of their vacation celebrating National Robotics Week.

There are hundreds of robots at Georgia Tech’s Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines. Students got to meet a few of them ─ including high-speed drones and self-driving cars.