Weinberg and Shimon to Perform at Atlanta Science Festival

Shimon is a marimba playing robot.

Atlanta, GA

Gil Weinberg, director of the Center for Music Technology, and robot Shimon will be among the featured performers at a presentation by the Atlanta Science Festival.

“Rise Up, Robots” will take place at the Ferst Center for the Performing Arts at Georgia Tech, March 9, 7-8:30 p.m.

The Atlanta Science Festival event will include a droid comedian, a robotic musician, a bionic arm and more!

Weinberg will show off Shimon, a marimba playing robot. Shimon, previously seen on NBC’s “Today” show, uses machine learning for jazz improvisation. Weinberg is also a professor in the Georgia Tech School of Music.

Other presenters include:

* Heather Knight, assistant professor of Robotics at Oregon State University. She will bring Data, the world’s first robotic jokester.

* Stewart Coulter, engineering manager at DEKA Research & Development. He will demonstrate a prosthetic, bionic arm with a hand that can pinch, grip, and conform to the objects it holds.

Before the show will be an interactive Robot Petting Zoo in the lobby starting at 6 p.m.

The Atlanta Science Festival is an annual public celebration of local science and technology. Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to explore the science and technology in our region and see how science is connected to all parts of our lives.

According to the Festival website, it collaborates with 100-plus community partners, including school districts, post-secondary institutions, museums, businesses, civic, and community groups.

Details on “Rise Up, Robots”

Information on tickets and parking: Atlanta Science Festival
Where: Ferst Center for the Performing Arts on the Georgia Tech campus
349 Ferst Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
When: Friday, March 9
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.