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The World's Experts in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space Gather at the Canadian Space Agency

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2001

Saint-Hubert, Quebec, May 28, 2001 - From June 18-22, 2001, the Canadian Space Agency will be host to i-SAIRAS 2001, the Sixth International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space, a meeting of the world's foremost experts and organizations in these leading edge space applications.

A record number of participants from the scientific community, space industry and academia will attend i-SAIRAS 2001 at the Conference Centre of the Canadian Space Agency, in Saint-Hubert, Québec. The Symposium will be a forum for discussion that will showcase new ideas and ground breaking research and development in artificial intelligence, robotics and automation in space.

"This is a crucial time for artificial intelligence and robotics in space in Canada," said Mac Evans, President of the Canadian Space Agency. "Canadarm2 is playing a major role in the assembly and maintenance of the International Space Station, and it will be essential in transporting astronauts as well as scientific payloads across the orbiting lab. Along with Canada's space industry we are also playing a key role in developing innovative technologies that will explore planets and the moon, technologies that will have a positive impact on Canadians and all humanity."

i-SAIRAS 2001 will build on discussions and ideas developed in five previous symposiums held in Noordwijk, The Netherlands (1999), Tokyo, Japan (1997), Pasadena, USA (1994), Toulouse, France (1992) and Kobe, Japan (1990). The program will include plenary sessions and presentations that are open to the media. Exhibits of space industry and robotics demonstrations will also be featured.

The symposium is organized by the Canadian Space Agency in collaboration with the Italian Space Agency (ASL, Italy), the French National Space Agency (CNES, France), the German Aerospace Centre (DLR, Germany), the European Space Agency (ESA), the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS, Japan), the National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL, Japan), the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA, USA), the National Space Development Agency, (NASDA, Japan). Key sponsors are MD Robotics and EMS Technologies.

WHAT
Sixth International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (http://www.space.gc.ca/isairas2001workshop )

WHO
Members of the scientific community, space industry and academia

WHEN
June 18-22, 2001

WHERE
Canadian Space Agency, 6767 route de l'Aéroport, Saint-Hubert, Quebec

For more information, contact: André Leclair
Senior Communications Officer
Canadian Space Agency
Telephone: (450) 926-4370
E-mail: andre.leclair@space.gc.ca

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