Wally in the Land of Ideas


Laurenz Thomsen, Professor of Geosciences


Jacobs University


Mar 2 2011 - 17:30


Jacobs Campus, Campus Center, Conference Hall


The world's first internet-operated deep-sea crawler, developed by Jacobs scientists and affectionately nicknamed Wally, has grabbed another prize for the university. The agile robot will be honored in the national competition "365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas", which recognizes the country’s best innovations. The crawler can be operated on its deep-sea missions from anywhere in the world via an internet connection. Wally is the brainchild of Laurenz Thomsen, Professor of Geosciences, and his team from Jacobs University's Ocean Lab. Jacobs University will celebrate Prof. Thomsen's success in a special award ceremony and a themed evening under the heading “The deep-sea – just a mouse click away”. This is a public, German-language event free of charge.

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Prof. Dr. Joachim Treusch, President Jacobs University
Laudation and presentation of the prize "Selected Landmark in the Land Of Ideas"
Dr. Martin Klinkhammer, Private Wealth Management, Head of Bremen Region, Deutsche Bank
(Recipient Wally I will take home the award)
Short Talk "Science meets Commerce"
About aid for innovation as a successful win-win-measure for Science and Management
Robert Hempel, Managing Director Titanium Solutions, producer of Wally's titanium frame
Just a mouse click away: How to interactively control deep-sea processors from far afield
Via a live internet connection crawler Wally II, currently 8500km away and 900m deep at the bottom of the Canadian sea will show off his talents and take the audience on an exciting tour of his new habitat near the Vancouver coast.
Photos, video records and poster will further illustrate the smart robot's achievements as a deep-sea explorer and adventures with newfound neighbours.
Prof. Dr. Laurenz Thomsen, Professor of Geosciences at Jacobs University and Wally's inventor