ROBOTICON Sponsor Spotlight: University of South Florida College of Engineering

ROBOTICON wouldn’t beusf possible at our new home at the the University of South Florida Sun Dome Arena this year, without the generous support and program partnership of the USF College of Engineering.

Led by Dean Robert H. Bishop, the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida is ranked at #64 among public institutions (#100 overall) by U.S. News &World Report’s 2017 engineering graduate school rankings. The college serves 6,000 students from 139 countries, offering ABET-accredited undergraduate degrees in seven programs, as well as 12 master’s and eight doctoral degrees. The College is actithumbnail_coe-v-greengoldvely engaged in local and global research activities with $35 million in research awards for the fiscal year 2015-16.

The Mechanical Engineering Department especially pulled out all the stops to set up a series of great tours throughout the day on Saturday, October 8, to give ROBOTICON teams a great in depth look at the amazing work being done in USF Engineering Labs.

Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of engineering disciplines that offers a variety of career choices,”  explains Redwan Alqasemi, Adjunct Professor in the Department. “Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal devices, including tools, engines, and machines. Mechanical engineers work mostly in engineering services, research and development, manufacturing industries, and the federal government.”

The department has nine professional society fellows, several prestigious national and university teaching award winners including the 2012 US Professor of the Year, five NSF CAREER awardees, and one NSF PECASE awardee.

Teams attending ROBOTICON can enjoy any of seven lab tours throughout the day, which team members can sign up for at designated Lab Demos Registration table in the Sun Dome.  There will also be several USF College of Engineering exhibits in the Innovation Fair in the Arena Club on the 2nd level of the Sun Dome.

Please join us in thanking the University of South Florida College of Engineering for their generosity in not only being the Title Sponsor of ROBOTICON Tampa Bay, but for all the amazing programming they’re bringing to our FIRST Showcase andusf-first Off-Season event.

You can learn more about USF from onsite personnel or by visiting the USF Admission table at the Innovation Fair during 2016-innovation-fair-exhibits ROBOTICON, and by visiting the University of South Florida website.  There’s also a great USF FIRST Alumni Association on campus that will be happy to tell you more and show you around.

ROBOTICON Lab Demos

Lab Name: Center for Assistive, Rehabilitation and Robotics Technologies (CARRT) Laboratories.
Location and capacity: ENG 19A (15).
Description: Robotic projects to assist persons with disabilities, including: BaxBot; Wheelchair-Mounted Robotic Arm; Manus robots; Android-controlled wheelchair; Mobility-assist wheelchair; Brain-computer interface; Virtual reality for vocational rehabilitation using HTC Vive; and more.
Demo times: Group A – 11-11:30; Group B – 11:45-12:15; Group C – 12:30-1; Group D – 1:15-1:45.

Lab Name: Power and Energy Teaching Laboratory.
Location and capacity: ENB 235 (12).
Description: Power and Energy Teaching Lab. Real-time simulator based smart grid data acquisition and control will be showed.
Demo times: Group A – 11-11:30; Group B – 11:45-12:15; Group C – 12:30-1; Group D – 1:15-1:45.

Lab Name: Manufacturing and Automation Laboratory.
Location and capacity: ENC 1005/6 (20).
Description: The lab is a manufacturing lab which has rapid prototyping equipment, measurement equipment, and automation systems.
Demo times: Group A – 11-11:30; Group B – 11:45-12:15; Group C – 12:30-1; Group D – 1:15-1:45.

Lab Name: Biorobotics Laboratory.
Location and capacity: ENG 122B (10).
Description: We will show in the lab our soccer playing robots.
Demo times: Group A – 11-11:30; Group B – 11:45-12:15; Group C – 12:30-1; Group D – 1:15-1:45.

Lab Name: Robot Perception and Action Laboratory.
Location and capacity: ENB 223 (10).
Description: We will demonstrate two robots we have, a FANUC LR Mate 200iC industrial arm, and an Aldebaran NAO humanoid robot.
Demo times: Group A – 11-11:30; Group B – 11:45-12:15; Group C – 12:30-1; Group D – 1:15-1:45.

Lab Name: Controls Laboratory.
Location and capacity: ENB 235 (8).
Description: We will show the stations that we use to introduce undergraduate students to LabView, MatLab and PLC programming. We are going to show three experiments for controls class.
Demo times: Group A – 11-11:30; Group B – 11:45-12:15; Group C – 12:30-1; Group D – 1:15-1:45.

Lab Name: Rehabilitation Engineering and Electromechanical Design lab
Location and capacity: IDR 114 (http://reedlab.eng.usf.edu/facilities/)
Description: Touch virtual worlds, walk on sliding shoes that are used to rehabilitation individuals with stroke, experience what it feels like to walk on a prosthetic, try new crutches, and more. In these demonstrations, you’ll be able to experience several devices that are the future of rehabilitation and human-robot interaction. For more information about some of the demos, see the following video:http://reedlab.eng.usf.edu/newsPhotos/2016AMT_REEDlab_small.mp4
Demo times: 30 minutes each, starting at: 11am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, and 12:45pm.

 

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