This just in: Robot Invasion! That might have grabbed more attention as a headline, but trust me, the content is interesting enough. Watch the video below. In a very short time, Mark Micire over at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Robotics Lab will be defending his doctoral thesis this morning live online at 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific. 

To boil it down, his work has been to use the technology in Microsoft Surface and Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio to aid in controlling individual and groups of robots working on emergency response in the field. This allows not only direct control of the robots through the natural user interface, but also uses the display to provide feedback to the command staff about the environment and performance of the tasks. There will also be videos with real robots too, so check out his presentation live.

Doctoral Thesis Defense: Robotics Lab Member Mark Micire
Monday, 23 August 2010 : 1pm Eastern / 12pm Central / 10am Pacific
Broadcast live at: http://tinychat.com/mmiciredefense

Teaser video:


[Video: Microsoft Surface and Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio for Multi-Robot Command and Control]

- Eric (follow Surface on Twitter and Facebook)