|Wendy, Seth and Howie in 2011.||
Why, Seth and Howie? Why do you do this?
This story begins in Nagoya, in 1995, at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, a conference so long gone, that it seems to have no residual web presence. According to robotics lore, a large group of roboticists was roaming the Nagoyan streets, in a typical search for a restaurant acceptable to all, with sufficient space to comfortably host the entire group. At some point, Howie said "I'd rather go to McDonald's'' to which Seth replied, "I'm game." And the tradition began.
Sadly, there are no photos from this first adventure. In fact, it would be several years before the thought occurred to them to document their journeys on the page that you see before you.
A Brief Overview
|2015:||ICRA in Seattle, the NSF NRI PI meeting in DC --- with David Han, Cecile Huet, and Mark Moll|
|2014:||IROS in Chicgao, Shamrock Shakes on St. Patrick's Day, and Howie visits UIUC|
|2013:||London for the Hamlyn Symposium (where Howie gets some attention from the local press) and IROS in Japan --- with Cecile Huet|
|2012:||ICRA in St. Paul (complete with Scientologists), the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics in London --- with Pierre Dupont, Robert Webster, Nabil Simaan, Venkat Krovi, Shigeo Hirose, and a very tall F. Scott Fitzgerald|
|2011:||IROS in 'Frisco, an English wedding, Boston with Allison, Howie in Egypt --- with Allison Okamura, Jennet Batten, and Ron Alterovitz|
|2010:||ICRA in Alaska|
|2009:||IROS in St. Louis, Matt Mason in Istanbul|
|2008:||AAAI in Chicago --- with Dieter Fox and Howie's favorite Martin|
|2007:||IROS in San Diego, Tijuana --- with Jing Xiao|
|2006:||UIUC, ICRA in Orlando --- with Al Rizzi, Peter Corke, Jing Xiao, Jon Luntz, Andrew Ladd, Kostas Bekris, Max Glick|
|2005:||CMU, ICRA in Barcelona --- with Nancy Pollard, George Kantor, James Kuffner, and Peter Corke|
|2004:||ICRA in the Big Easy|
|2003:||IROS in Vegas, sad Kevin in Shanghai --- with George Kantor and Al Rizzi|
|2002:||Nice, Monte Carlo, ICRA in DC, IROS in Lausanne --- with Mark Moll, Zack Butler, and Teruko|
|2001:||Beijing, ICRA in Seoul, IROS in Maui --- with a few Chinese soldiers|