Robot control via WWW/Internet demo: Mon 28 Nov Canberra

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Tom Worthington

Nov 23, 1994, 9:11:51 PM11/23/94


First transcontinental robot control via the Internet

See Ken and His Robot perform live on the InfoBahn

The University of Canberra, with the assistance of the Australian Computer
Society, present a free talk and the first public demonstration in
Australia, of transcontinental robot control, via the Internet, next Monday.

Ken Taylor, of the University of Western Australia's Robotics Laboratory, will
explain the techniques used in operating a robot arm remotely over the
Internet. Ken will demonstrate control of the robot, using a prototype World
Wide Web (WWW) interface. The robot is located in Perth, more than a
thousand kilometres away from Canberra. Control signals and images will be
relayed across the continent, via the Internet.

The WWW has proved a success in supplying information over the Internet. The
most advanced implementations interact with the user through techniques such
as forms. This is now being extended further to control physical devices
over the web.

At the University of Western Australia an industrial robot can be controlled
over the web at:

Ken Taylor will explain the techniques used and the developments being pursued
to improve the interface.

When: Monday 28th November at 10.30 am

Where: University of Canberra, 11B26: Building 11 (Information Sciences and
Engineering), Floor B (1st floor), Room 26

Cost: Free (refreshments courtesy of the ACS)

Bookings: Not required.

Press contact:

Tom Worthington, Director of the Community Affairs Board, Australian Computer
Society Inc., Ph: 06 2474830, Pager: 06 2856209, Fax: 06 2496419, Internet:

Ken Taylor will be available for interview from the afternoon of Friday 25 to
Tuesday 29 November.

ABOUT THE ACS: The Australian Computer Society is the professional
association in Australia for those in the computing and information
technology fields. Established in 1966, the ACS has over 14,000 members and
on a per capita basis is one of the largest computer societies in the world.
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Issued: 24 November 1994

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