The Robot Hall of Fame recognizes excellence in robotics technology worldwide and honors the fictional and real robots that have inspired and made breakthrough accomplishments in robotics. The Robot Hall of Fame was created by Carnegie Mellon University in April 2003 to call attention to the increasing contributions of robots to society.
From the beginning, the Robot Hall of Fame has honored robots both of science and of science fiction – the robots of metal and silicon that embody technical and scientific innovation as well as the imagined robots that excite audiences about what the future may hold and inspire roboticists to greater achievements.
The Robot Hall of Fame initially had only an online presence. Many notable robots inducted into the hall no longer exist, are inaccessible (such as Mars rovers), or only ever existed in ink or on film. In 2009, however, Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh incorporated a Robot Hall of Fame display into roboworld™, the world’s largest permanent robotics exhibit.
Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, the world’s largest robotics research and education institution, has provided technical guidance for the Robot Hall of Fame and the university’s Entertainment Technology Center has developed innovative ways to present these robots to a broad audience. But the Robot Hall of Fame seeks to be inclusive of the entire robotics community and strives to be representative of the best ideas and the best technologies in robotics.