Friday, September 27, 2019 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Interact with robots in our new exhibit before anybody else! Institute of Science members will be the first to experience this world-class exhibit with special programming and activities throughout the evening, including a special presentation in the auditorium at 7:00pm. Event is FREE for members. Please RSVP to

The exhibit will open to the public starting at 7:30pm (non-members will be required to purchase general admission and exhibit tickets) and members are welcome to stay. Not a member? No problem. Purchase memberships at the front desk or online and you can be a part of the futuristic fun!

Designing Robots with Social Interaction in Mind - Carla Diana
The robots are here!

Everyday life is about to get a boost from science fiction as robotics and artificial intelligence become a part of home, work, medicine, sports and pretty much every other aspect of life. Things that were once silent and static can now sing, glow, buzz and be tracked online. Some are constantly listening for sounds, sights and touches to translate into meaningful inputs. Others have the ability to learn, refining their behaviors over time. They can be connected to one another as well as the Internet and will behave as robotic entities that accompany us through all aspects of everyday life. In this talk, Carla Diana, a product designer and head of the newly launched Cranbrook Academy of Art 4D Design Program will explore the emergence of robotics in the home, highlighting designers’ opportunities to pioneer new territory in rich interaction, taking inspiration from the social interaction that takes place naturally between people and their products. She will share case studies from the front lines of design and creative technology, showcasing her work designing the robot Moxi, a socially interactive hospital assistant for her client Diligent Robotics.