September 22, 2006– For the second consecutive year Honda's ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot, was the star attraction at the European Researchers' Night in Brussels.
The event, which also takes place in more than 20 other countries across Europe, was part of the European Commission's wider Researchers in Europe initiative and allows citizens to get closer to working researchers, giving a face to European research.
ASIMO's performance, at the event in Brussels, in a popular venue in the city centre, preceded a debate about the robots of tomorrow, with academics from Brussels's universities (ULB and VUB) highlighting research into brain-like intelligence, an area in which Honda are focusing their own research.
A special honour was awarded to young competition winners, aged between six and fourteen, who were granted a meeting with ASIMO before the doors were opened to the general public.
The Commission aims to inspire young people to follow careers in research by demonstrating the diversity and appeal of European research projects and giving the public a chance to meet with people who share a real passion for research.