For ROBOTICON 2018, the University of South Florida College of Engineering has pulled out all the stops and has more than a dozen exciting and interesting projects and programs on display for teams and the general public to enjoy exploring.  Here’s what you can find up in the Arena Club and along the Concourse by Gate D.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Club – Table AC, Arena Club
ASME at USF provides members with the tools and experiences to distinguish themselves in the field of engineering, encouraging them to hone their skills in the areas of teamwork, communication, and overall professionalism through competitions, workshops, and industry tours. Stop by our booth and find out about the exciting careers in mechanical engineering. We will be demonstrating our robotic car projects that we’ve working on this year. To learn more, visit us at: facebook.com/ASMEatUSF/.

Brain-Controlled Drones, Gate D Lobby
These drones fly with signals received from people’s brain. People are able to fly these drones without using their hand. The Neuro-Machine Interaction Lab studies mediums of new human interaction with physiological sensors, specifically sensors that acquire brain data. The purpose is to investigate novel methods to use the brain as a third arm to assist users to perform daily activities. Also, to measure and decode the affective, cognitive, and emotional state of a person to further understand the brain’s behavior during while interacting with machines. The work we do is interdisciplinary and benefits from areas of Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Arts, and others. Previous work done by the Lab Director has been funded by Intel Brain. : http://neurosymbiosis.com/

Drone Racing is a universal sport that allows people with disabilities (people in a wheelchair, upper or Lower limb differences, etc.) to compete in the same race with someone who is considered healthy because the brain is only needed. Also, this sport integrates virtual reality, drones, and neuro technologies. The next race event at the USF will be hosted on February 9, 2019.
Biomedical Engineering BS Degree Program, Prosthetics and Rehabilitation, Department of Medical Engineering, Arena Club

Learn about the outstanding career and professional opportunities awaiting Bachelor of Science Biomedical Engineers, including the Biomedical Engineering to Medical Doctor program between the College of Engineering and the Morsani College of Medicine. To learn more please visit: https://www.usf.edu/engineering/bme/. As biomedical engineers we collaborate closely with engineers from all disciplines. At our table, we will show how the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) system is used to compare, test and develop prosthetic devices, assistive technologies and rehabilitation programs. The CAREN system has also been used as a driving simulator to test adaptive driving technologies. Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) are used to measure human motion outside of the laboratory. Engineering students at USF are working on projects such as a play hand for children with cerebral palsy, an electromyogram (EMG) glove for focal dystonia in pianists, a hand wrist orthosis, an vibration isolation system for exercise equipment and a drug synthesis device for space travel. To learn more please visit: http://carrt.eng.usf.edu/.

  Biomedical Engineering BS Degree Program, Prosthetics and Rehabilitation, Arena Club
Learn about the outstanding career and professional opportunities awaiting Bachelor of Science Biomedical Engineers, including the Biomedical Engineering to Medical Doctor program between the College of Engineering and the Morsani College of Medicine. To learn more please visit: https://www.usf.edu/engineering/bme/. As biomedical engineers we collaborate closely with engineers from all disciplines. At our table, we will show how the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) system is used to compare, test and develop prosthetic devices, assistive technologies and rehabilitation programs. The CAREN system has also been used as a driving simulator to test adaptive driving technologies. Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) are used to measure human motion outside of the laboratory. Engineering students at USF are working on projects such as a play hand for children with cerebral palsy, an electromyogram (EMG) glove for focal dystonia in pianists, a hand wrist orthosis, an vibration isolation system for exercise equipment and a drug synthesis device for space travel. To learn more please visit: http://carrt.eng.usf.edu/.

Bulls-EYE Mentoring, Arena Club
Bulls-EYE Mentoring promotes STEM through an Engineering problem solving focus delivered within a family environment. We build strong relationships between undergraduate student mentors and middle school students serving as mentees. Our program targets underrepresented students that are part of the University of South Florida community by impacting two populations:

1. USF undergraduate students who want to promote their personal success and make a difference in their local community through outreach, a heightened sense of belonging, and professional development.
2. Middle school students who are at risk for low achievement but may benefit from high expectations, life skills, and STEM learning.

Program participants complete a month and a half long summer program on USF campus where activities improve both their life skills and technical skills. Lessons expose students to a broad array of engineering disciplines, hands-on activities, and how engineers improve their community. We believe mentoring, personal development, and diversity are key for the production of tomorrow’s engineers. Empowerment and growth are achieved through strong relationships and will be used to foster the development of the new generation of STEM professionals—one that continues to champion diversity and the role of STEM careers for the betterment of society.

Our mission: To empower underrepresented STEM populations in the Tampa Bay community by promoting personal development, community values, leadership, entrepreneurship, and engineering problem solving. The resulting effort is a family environment with values that fosters the growth of both mentors and mentees. This word cloud and mentee reflection articulates the value of the program. It helps participants realize their potential in STEM through engineering design, particularly those who may not have realized this potential otherwise. Find out more about us at http://bullseye.eng.usf.edu/what.html.

Center for Assistive, Rehabilitation Robotics Technologies (CARRT). Robotic Wheelchairs, Arena Club
Check out the Hands-Free Wheelchair, Obstacle Avoiding Wheelchair, Wheelchair-Mounted Robotic Arm, Manus Assistive Robotic Arm, and Blind-Assistance Glasses.Hands-Free Wheelchair and Obstacle Avoiding Wheelchair: CARRT has developed various rehabilitation and assistive technologies to assist individuals with disabilities in their daily living using mobile and stationary robots. The need to control a powered wheel in navigation using body motion adds many benefits to people with disabilities who use power wheelchairs, including the ability to play sports and control the wheelchair with their hands free and can avoid any obstacles in their way.

  • WMRA: The wheel chair mounted robotic arm (WMRA) is designed to be operated by individuals with low trunk movements. The wheel employs a 9-degree-of-freedom system consisting of a robotic manipulator mounted on a powered wheelchair, a full sensor suite and a central control algorithm. The algorithm combines the mobility of the wheelchair and the manipulation of the robotic arm.
  • MARA: The Manus Assistive Robotic Arm (MARA), is a powered robot with two belt-driven robotic arms, the iARMs from Exact Dynamics, and a mobility base. The iARM,also known as the intelligent Assistive Robotic Manipulator, is a robotic arm that is designed to assist disabled people with a severe handicap in their upper limbs. These arms used in unison can conduct a variety of tasks from moving objects to providing a stable support. Paired with a vision system such as the Microsoft Kinect, MARA can recognize and grasp specific objects and move them to a different specific desired location.
  • Blind assistance Glasses: Individuals with partial or full visual impairments often rely on assistive technology in their daily lives. This project is aimed at providing remote audiovisual communication between the user and the assisting operator to assist the user in ADL tasks, including navigation and job/house related tasks. The user will be wearing a head-mounted camera with tilt and pan capabilities that can be controlled by the operator. The operator will monitor the camera feed and assist the user by providing environment information and alerting the user of upcoming obstacles. Audio feedback will be used for two-way communication between the user and the operator.

College of Engineering Information and Robotics Technologies (CARRT), Arena Club
The College of Engineering is full of excitement, discovery, and opportunity. It’s the perfect place to bring your interests and curiosity. The engineering community is characterized by a diversity of people, ideas, experiences and opportunities that will broaden your knowledge and understanding. USF engineering students are involved in many activities that help fuel their education. From jet car racing to developing a tool that picks up rock samples on asteroids for NASA, USF engineering students are nothing short of amazing. Our Bachelor of Science degree majors include: Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Cybersecurity, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology, and Mechanical Engineering; accelerated master of science programs and doctorate of philosophy programs. To learn more please visit: https://www.usf.edu/engineering/

2019 Engineering EXPO, Arena Club
The Engineering Expo 2019 showcases over 70 hands-on, exciting exhibits and shows that expose students of all ages to STEM fields of study… FOR FREE!!! Bring your school, bring your friends, brings your family, bring everyone as it is a great time for all. Younger students are able to get creative and learn so many new things while older students get to interact with college students who exhibit at the Expo and companies like NASA, TECO, and Lockheed Martin to see if STEM if a field they would like to pursue. It takes place on February 15th and 16th, 2019 from 9AM-4PM at our beautiful Tampa campus. For further details and contact information, please visit our website, http://expo.eng.usf.edu/. We hope to see you in February!

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers- Student Branch, Arena Club
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is a professional organization supporting the advancement of technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE is a worldwide organization that provides its members with access to publications, conferences, networking opportunities, and more! We are a mixture of various engineering disciplines including Electrical, Computer, and Mechanical Engineers and Computer Science disciplines. Our knowledge is made up of different skill levels and we all work and learn together as well. We have two main project areas: the USF Robotics Division is to create an environment where students of any major can learn the basics of robotics. Through hardware and software applications we plan on designing and building complex robots while gaining valuable experiences working in a team. We also have the Electrathon Race Car that we will show at Roboticon and will be competing against other teams here in the Tampa Bay area. This is the 5th year of our Electrathon team competing and we just built a brand new car. To learn more visit: http://sites.ieee.org/sb-usf/projects/.

USF Motorized Bull and Robotics Technologies (CARRT), Gate D Corridor (DC)
Come over and check out the remote controlled bull that moves, blows smoke through its nostrils, and flashes red LED lights from its eyes! Booster Bull (an unofficial name) is a collaborative between a USF booster and a cluster of students working on their capstone design project. To learn more about this project, read the article here  .

Mechanical Electrical Computer Hub (MECH), Arena Club
The Mechanical Electrical and Computer Hub is a student organization devoted to inspiring, encouraging and engaging engineering students through projects, workshops and research. Within MECH, students can brainstorm, develop and build their own projects and ideas. Every semester, students can apply for approval for new projects or participate in on-going projects. In addition, the organization provides a series of workshops throughout the semester, where students from all different majors can learn about unique subjects that enhance their field of view in engineering. Furthermore, MECH has a research program, where students can turn their projects into an independent research with participation of engineering faculty. To learn more visit: https://mechusf.weebly.com/ and follow MECH on Facebook.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Arena Club
The Society of Automotive Engineers also known as USF Racing, is an organization of students who collectively design, fabricate, and race Formula SAE® cars. Although the society is named for engineers, members do not need to be an engineering student in order to join the team. Many of the skills needed in various industries are not taught in the engineering classroom, but passed down through our team. The society handles a monetary budget and a multitude of company partnerships which allows members to build skills in marketing, finance, and project management. Students of all majors who have an interest in the automotive field are encouraged to consider USF Racing. Once the Formula SAE® car has been designed, built, and tested, the team travels to competitions across the United States and Canada to compete in both dynamic and static events. USF Racing has placed admirably in recent competitions and is always looking for motivated students to help the team continue to improve. Stop by and see our race car. To learn more visit: https://www.usfracing.com/

Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry (SOAR), Arena Club
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry (SOAR) at USF promotes engineering education and academic performance in a social environment through participation in projects and competitions dedicated to rocketry and aerospace technologies. SOAR provides an opportunity of students from all majors and fields to enhance their knowledge in research, engineering, and other tangential skills pertinent to the aerospace industry as well as the operation of a large organization. 2018-19 projects include a return to the NASA Student Launch and the NASA FSGC Hybrid Rocket Competition, finishing our two-stage rocket Taurus I. After finishing Taurus I, we hope to launch it the BALLS Tripoli Rocket Association annual rocket launch festival, using solid fuel motors made by SOAR and reaching a height of 30,000 feet. We have also joined a brand new competition this year, sponsored by HeroX, to send a liquid engine powered, single stage rocket to the Karman Line separating the atmosphere from space. Come over and see our rockets! To learn more visit: http://www.usfsoar.com/

CARRT, Virtual Reality – Arena Club
The goal of this project is to improve the effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation services by providing an environment to assess and train individuals with severe disabilities and underserved groups in a safe, adaptable and motivating environment. Using virtual reality, simulators, robotics, and feedback interfaces, this project will allow the vocational rehabilitation population to try various jobs, tasks, virtual environments and assistive technologies prior to entering the actual employment setting. This will aid job evaluators and job coaches assess, train and place persons with various impairments. To learn more visit: http://carrt.eng.usf.edu/research.htm#projects