In the future, robots are expected to play vital roles in all areas, as the boundary between human and non-human domains gradually breaks down. The DSME Marine Robot Pavilion gives visitors great opportunities to interact with robots that can do all sorts of amazing things, like perform highly complex medical surgeries, do industrial-related jobs too risky for humans, assist in the education and childcare fields, and even show expression, sing and dance.
The DSME Marine Robot Pavilion is a large-scale robot project with 73 robots on display under the broad concept of the Ocean. The pavilion is designed to help visitors better understand robots, and presents a future where humans, nature and robots coexist peacefully.
- Robots Shaping the Future, Making Life Better for Humanity
- Operating hours
- 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
- 700 persons
- Approximate tour time
- 40 minutes
- Exhibition sections
- Zone 1 → Zone 2 → Zone 3
- How to best enjoy the DSME Marine Robot Pavilion?
- Start at Zone 1: “Welcome to the Robot World,” where you can witness some very lifelike robots that can make facial expressions and even sing and dance! Then move on to Zone 2: “Robot Fiesta and Understanding Robots,” where you can relive the excitement of Korea’s advancement to the semi-finals at the 2002 FIFA World Cup through a soccer game played by robots, complete with a cheering robot who sings K-Pop songs. From there, go to Zone 3: “Marine Theater – New Hope in the Deep Sea,” which displays robots created especially for the Expo that can mine minerals at an ocean depth of 6,000 meters. Here you can also see an animated film about how human life will advance in the future thanks to robots.
The facade to the pavilion in the shape of a giant robot and the robot model parts that cover the walls and ceiling of the lobby, stimulate your curiosity, pulling you into this exciting pavilion of robotic wonders.
Zone 1 displays robots created in various nations. You will be fascinated by the feminine robot “EveR-4,”made in Korea, that can show various facial expressions, and the song and dance routines by French robot “NAO” and the British robot “THESPIAN.” The four cute robots “Mero,” also Korean-made, create a festive scene in the pavilion, singing K-Pop songs in a quartet. Zone 1 offers a good opportunity to compare robots made all over the world.
Zone 2 boasts a two-story robot soccer stadium, where robot players recreate the exciting moment of Korea’s advancement to the semi-finals at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. 10 robots cheer and sing on the first floor, while 6 DARwin-OP robots play soccer on the second. Moreover, at the Robot Lab in Zone 2, Dennis Hong, a professor at Virginia Tech, explains the process of designing and producing robots in a highly accessible way. His own robot creations, Charlie, Hydras and Mars, are on display here. You can also learn about Korea’s present robot technology.
The Marine Theater features a 3D animated film that shows robots exploring natural resources and mining minerals at an ocean depth of 6,000 meters, with magnificent surround-sound and special effects. The film captures the amazing advancements in robot technology, and will keep you riveted.
In order to create the atmosphere of the deep sea, various robots including the 6.5 meter-tall iconic humanoid robot “Navi,” the crabshaped robot “Coll,” the sea snake robot “Torna,” the squid-shaped robot “Sparky,” and the starfish robot “Shiny,” were created especially for Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea.
The Marine Theater highlights the hope that robots give humans, who are now facing the serious threats of natural resources depletion, environmental pollution, aging societies, and global warming. On your way out of the Marine Theater, you will notice 7 rainbow-colored robot fish, elegantly designed, swimming in the aquarium.