Carnegie Mellon University
Tank is a robot receptionist for Newell-Simon Hall. Valerie is the product of an interdisciplinary project between members of the Robotics Institute and the Drama department at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The goal of the project is to produce a robot helpmate that is useful, exhibits social competence, and remains compelling to interact with for an extended period of time. In addition to helping people by providing information about CMU and directions to people’s offices, Tank is a character whose story is revealed over time through his interactions with people and phone conversations with his friends and family.