The Robotics Student Organization

RoboOrg In a Nutshell

RoboOrg is the graduate students' organization of the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. It organizes social events, trips, maintains the RoboLounge, and is also involved in the strategic long-term planning of the RI.


This is what we put at the bottom of our emails:

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Q: Who are you? What's RoboOrg?
A: RoboOrg is the Robotics Institute's graduate student organization.

Q: So are you behind all these "let's do stuff!" emails?
A: Yes. We organize periodic social activities such as Post-Seminar Receptions, open house and IC events, RI Rafting, etc. We also come up with random stuff like potlucks and games nights.

Q: That's it?
A: No, we are much more than a social committee. We are also your representatives to GSA and the program committee and try to address many of the issues facing robotics students.

Q: Wait, who put you in charge?
A: Most RoboOrg representatives are elected by RI grads each winter and serve one calendar year. Talk to a current rep if you'd like to steal somebody's job.

Q: I have an idea. Want to hear it?
A: YES! email us at for activity ideas, suggestions, concerns, etc.

Q: Where can I get the skinny on RoboOrg?
A: Visit: for information about us, activities, how-to's etc.


Robo - A Robotics Graduate Student.

RoboBanker - The treasurer of RoboOrg.

RoboBowl - An annual RoboGrad event at which many amusing monochrome visual images of black balls and white pins are encoded.

Robocentric - From the perspective (either navigational or cognitive) of the robot.

RoboCzar - The head of RoboOrg.

RoboGrad - (syn. Robo) A robotics Ph.D. student. See Robot Doctor.

RoboLounge - The RI Lounge, where RoboPong and RoboFooz are played.

RoboOrg - The official robotics students' organization.

RoboPizza - The fare offered by the RoboCzar (the head of RoboOrg) at our pizza lunches, during which we discuss RoboBusiness.

RoboQuals - The classroom part of what RoboGrads do to become Robot Doctors.

RoboRaft - An annual RoboGrad event at which many amusing visual images of wet things are encoded.

RoboRobics - Exercises done to prepare the mind and body for early morning lectures.

RoboSanta - Mystery gift-giver at the Christmas/Holiday Party.

RoboSaurus - 1) This dictionary of RoboTerms. 2) A RoboGrad who has been in the program for a very long time.

RoboSki - A RoboGrad outdoors event at which many newcomers to the slopes of Pennsylvania become intrigued with the dynamics and control issues in sliding motions under gravitational fields.

Robot Doctor - A graduate of the robotics Ph.D. program.

Power Structure

RoboOrg consists of a number of elected officials, and a helpful supporting group or RoboGrads. The list of elected officials includes:

  • RoboCzar - Wields absolute power, delegator extraordinaire.
  • RoboBanker - Controller of RoboOrg purse-strings. Worship on sight.
  • SocialCzar - Scheduler of social events. Leads RoboGrads along by playing the tune of refreshments, merriment and general mirth.
  • MetaCzar - Manager of the Meta Seminars. Fount of knowledge.
  • RoboComms - Maintainer of RoboOrg electronic communication channels. Shudders at the thought of the unmatched <p>.
  • RoboWhips - The point of contact for each class. Think the US Congress, not horse racing.