Science and Engineering Area

Alabama Robotics Competition: Schedule

The following represents the tentative schedule of the contest. Family members and teachers of participants are welcome to attend the opening discussion, competition rounds, and awards presentation.


  • Check-in
  • Setup computer
  • Collect T-shirt and Registration Materials


  • Lunch
  • Explanation of Rules
  • Keynote Speaker

Approximately Noon-2:30pm (contest will end at 2:30pm regardless of start time)

  • Robotics Contest
  • Visitors can watch the contest live from the floor, or on a projected screen in the main contest area


  • Break
  • Snack Period
  • Time to load computers for transport


  • Awards Presentation

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Chris Crawford


Brain-Robot Interaction & Brain-Computer Interfaces for
Novice Programmers


Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) systems are used to translate brain activity to commands. This process allows users to interact with the environment using only their thoughts. In this talk, Dr. Crawford will discuss his brain-robot interaction research that examines the use of brain activity to control robots. He will also discuss his recent work that investigates the design of web-based BCI environments for novice programmers.

Dr. Chris Crawford is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Alabama. He directs the Human-Technology Interaction Lab. His work focuses on Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).