AAAI-20 Student Outreach Workshop

February 8-9, 2020 in New York City

A Fun, Hands-On Introduction to AI and Robotics

Undergraduates with an interest in AI and intelligent robots are invited to apply to the AAAI-20 Student Outreach Workshop to be held February 8-9, 2020 in New York City. The workshop is offered in conjunction with AAAI-2020, the thirty-fourth annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). No prior AI or robotics experience is necessary for the workshop.

Participants will be introduced to the Cozmo robot and the Calypso robot intelligence framework. Calypso makes real AI algorithms accessible to students. Its capabilities include computer vision, face recognition, object recognition, speech recognition and generation, path planning, object manipulation, and landmark-based navigation.

On the first day of the workshop, participants will work in teams using Calypso to build demos or games that illustrate how artificial intelligence can improve our lives. Then, on the second day, they will host a free, open exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History (200 Central Park West) from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM where members of the public can come experience their creations. The event will be in the Sackler Education Laboratory, just off the Hall of Human Origins on the first floor. (Museum Calendar Entry)

Application Process (Now Closed)

There is no fee to attend the workshop, but space is limited.

Applicants should be undergraduates studying computer science, electrical engineering, cognitive science, or a related discipline. Women and members of minority groups under-represented in the AI field are especially encouraged to apply. The online application form is here.

The application deadline is Wednesday, January 15, 2020.


This student outreach workshop is sponsored by AAAI, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, as part of its efforts to educate the public about AI and attract a diverse pool of talented students to pursue careers in AI research.

Workshop organizers:

Questions? Email David Touretzky.

To learn more about Calypso, visit

2018 Workshop Gallery

Here are some photos from the AAAI-18 Student Outreach Workshop in New Orleans. Participants demonstrated their work at a public event at the Louisiana Children's Museum.


Suuport for the 2020 Student Outreach Workshop is graciously provided by AAAI, by ReadyAI, a Pittsburgh-based AI education company, and by the Department of Computer Science, Hunter College. Calypso is a product of Visionary Machines LLC, founded by David Touretzky. The Cozmo robot was a product of Anki, Inc.