Two Presentations: Robotics Activities & Heroes Spark Interests in Engineering & Science AND "Arduino Robotics" Book Review
by Ceal Craig and Allan Federman
The United States needs engineers and scientists to fuel the innovation fires of high tech and beyond. Young people today are not aspiring to those fields in the numbers of decades past. Learn more about the current state of STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics) graduates. Understand how career theories suggest that robotics activities spark interests in engineering and science in young people. Learn how heroes (role models & mentors) make a difference for young people, young women in particular. Find out why engineers might need to change the conversation when they are talking to young people to inspire them. Ceal Craig, engineer (BSME, The Ohio State University; MSEngr. CalState Fullerton) and educator, will share her research in these areas with HBRC members. Ceal is actively involved with Western Region Robotics Forum and recently retired from 30 plus years in high-tech engineering and manufacturing. She is working on a PhD in Education at Walden University studying the influence of robotics programs on young people’s career decisions. "Arduino Robotics", by Warren, Adams and Molle, is a fairly substantial work covering all the Arduino basics; electronics, pcb, sensors, actuators, chassis design, and programming. This is an excellent source for the beginner, but also has some nuggets for the veteran.
Guide Robot for the Blind
by Brian Higgins
Brian Higgins will be talking about what the Clear Path Navigation software group is doing to create a seeing eye robot guide for the blind.
Architecture for Mine-Detecting Robots
by Team McCarthy
This presentation focuses on a proposed architectural design for peer-to-peer coordination of a large mine-sweeping robot grid. Our scenario consists of 10,000 available robots that we want to deploy on a mine field in order to cover as much ground as possible. We'll review how we propose to lay out the robots, the way each robot will communicate with the rest of the grid, how path decisions are made and how the grid will handle mine detonations. We will also spend some time describing the reasoning behind each of our proposals and explaining how coordination amongst the robots will occur.
Romo, the smart phone robot
by Keller Rinaudo from Romotive Inc.
Keller will talk about Romo, the smart phone robot that Romotive, Inc is working on.
Computer Vision and Machine Learning for Robots
by Patrick Goebel
How to Teach with Robots
by Hanno Sander
This talk will share insights into how teachers are using today's leading robot and software technologies to teach with robots.
10th Annual HBRC Challenge: Tabletop Phase 1
by Camp Peavy
Two hours of the best part of the meeting... Show-and-Tell. Featuring the Table Top Challenge: Phase I (Build a robot that goes from one end of the table to the other and back). There will also be our annual potluck dinner from 7-8pm. Extra karma points for robot themed food.
Flow based Programming for Robots
by Andrew Klofas
Trying to get high performance out of robots without making a mess? I'll talk about some of the design choices and tradeoffs in software. I'll bring 4 or 5 robots and talk about the software I've been developing for them.
10th Annual HBRC Challenge: Tabletop Phase 2
by Camp Peavy
Two hours of the best part of the meeting... Show-and-Tell. Featuring the Table Top Challenge: Phase II (Build a robot that finds an object and pushes it off the table).
An Introduction to Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio
by Arthur Wait
10th Annual HBRC Challenge: Tabletop Phase 3
by Camp Peavy
Surface Mount Technology for Roboticists
by Wayne Gramlich
The newer and more interesting electronic parts (particularly microcontrollers) are only available in surface mount technology packages. This talk will go over the software and hardware tools and procedures that are applicable for amateur roboticists to design circuits using SMT packages. This includes printed circuit board design, fabrication, soldering, etc.