Good Places to Discuss Robotics
Posted 11 Aug 2002 at 21:41 UTC by steve
We get asked from time to time where the places on The Internet are to
discuss robotics. One of the reasons we don't have any dedicated
discussion areas here is that there are already a lot of them around and
new ones popping up all the time. Usenet, of course offers the oldest
and best place for online discussions. There are many robot-related
mailing lists around. And there is also a new IRC chat area created by
some robots.net members. We provide links to many of these resource below.
Usenet Discussion area:
comp.robotics.misc - One of the
largest robotics discussion group around with participants from all of
comp.robotics.research - A
moderated discussion group for technical issues related to robotics
comp.arch.embedded - Discussion of
embedded controllers and single board computers of all types
comp.realtime - Discussion of realtime
sci.electronics.basics - A
good place to ask your robot-related electronics questions
comp.ai.vision - Discussion of
software and hardware issues related machine vision
comp.ai.neural-nets - Discussion
of Artificial Neural Networks
comp.ai.fuzzy - Discussion of Fuzzy
Logic and related topics
comp.ai.genetic - Discussion of
Genetic Algorithms and other type of evolution-based computing
comp.ai - General discussion related to
comp.ai.philosophy - Discussion of
the theories and ideas underlying Artificial Intelligence
There are many more Usenet groups that may be of interest to the
robot builder - check the newsgroup list of your local ISP's news server
and you're sure to find lots of good stuff.
Central Illinois Robotics Club
Mailing List (add "Subscribe CIRC" to subject line")
Dallas Personal Robotics Group
Robotics Mailing List
Twin Cities Robotics
Group Mailing List
Most other regional robotics club also have mailing lists. Look for a
club in your area and check their website.
clicking the IRC link doesn't start your IRC client, your browser
probably doesn't grok IRC URLs. Try this web site or upgrade to a better browser)
Don't forget one of the largest online robotics clubs, TRCY.
Don't forget one of the largest online robotics clubs, TRCY
Why do so many Yahoo Groups mailing lists set their archives to "members
only"? It seems that this is very counter productive for several reasons:
- New subscribers can't read the archives to see the FAQs, learn what
are appropriate topics, etc.
- Google won't give them any hits for common topics, so new
subscribers are less likely to even find the mailing list.
- Curious readers following a link from an article on robots.net won't be able find out if
the list is even relevant to their interests.
Shameless self link:
archives are all online and available for anyone to read.
Mostly UAV related, but quite a bit of sensor, navigation and control
hardware discussion, too.
Yahoo Groups, posted 12 Aug 2002 at 20:23 UTC by steve »
I left out quite few mailing lists that were based at Yahoo Groups
because so many people find it annoying to have to wade through the
advertising (or register with Yahoo) when trying to read the archived
messages. I realize they are a very economical way to get a mailing list
going if no one else is offering to host a traditional mailing list.
There is definitely some good information to be found on some of the Yahoo
lists. And there are many interesting groups of all types that I wasn't
able to list in so short an article.
Web-based forum, posted 13 Aug 2002 at 22:43 UTC by NateW »
It's small and hardly used, but given its proximity to the machinebrain
link directory (very cool IMO), I'm surprised it doesn't get more use.
Chats, posted 14 Aug 2002 at 19:40 UTC by robodave »
THe TRCY was mentioned, a Java based web chat,requires a Yahoo ID,
think it's a regular Wednesday get together.
Also there's the Seattle Robotics chat, Mondays from 7 pm central til
midnight or so (actually supposed to be 7 Pacific, but some show early)
Specifics are that it is on the server us.chatjunkies.org, port 6667,
channel #seattlerobotics . It's kind amusing, not a lot of Seattle
folks show up, regulars are a couple of Canadians, a guy from Kansas,
another in Atlanta, and me, from here in Texas. Topics have been
contests minisumo, machining, different controlers, interfaces. More
servers can be found here.
Guys,if you have mIRC. Join the server irc.mircx.com,then put /join
#robots. Or just goto http://chat.cjb.net/robots/ to goto the channel
without downloading mIRC. When you goto the Page you will automatically
be on the channel and server. My nickname will be bart. See you there!