FAU Robotics

Where Android, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Creativity meet!

One paper, entitled “Precision Low-Cost Robotics for Math Education: Work in Progress” was accepted for presentation at ASEE’s 122nd Annual Conference and Exposition. It is co-authored by several students (Jean Lapaix, Malissa Augustin, Charles Weinthal, and Santiago Aguerrevere) and two professors (Dr. Shankar, Engineering, and Dr. Ploger, Education). Malissa and Santiago are continuing the work as they pursue their MSCE theses on this topic. Malissa will develop math lessons with our FAU robot, while Santiago will improve the QOS (quality of service) metrics for the robot. If you wish to explore any related topic, contact Dr. Shankar at shankar@fau.edu. More info on DIS/MS topics is found here

A group of CS, CE, and EE undergraduate and graduate students took this course. Our goal was to build the infrastructure for using low-cost (and hence imprecise) robots to perform precise operations needed in teaching math. Our FAU robot is built on the Arduino platform. We added four Raspberry Pi-based relay stations to monitor the robots on the floor and guide them to make their movements become more precise.  These relay stations coordinate and communicate with a central server which also acts as the GUI for visualization of robotic movement and submission of math commands to be executed by the robot. Much work was accomplished. Python was used extensively. Here is the link to the Github site: https://github.com/RaspberryPIApps .

The infrastructure is also useful for multi-player robotic games.

You may be interested in attending or volunteering at this event: FIRST Robotics Competition in Ft. Lauderdale, February 26 – 28.  This is the regional competition where the winners go on to St. Louis for the finals. If interested in volunteering, please contact Dr. Coley at ccoley@fau.edu . Link for attending: http://firstinflorida.com/

Hi, I am teaching a live course in Spring ’15: COT 4930/5930 – Embedded Robotics (aka Internet of Things or IOT). It has both an undergraduate and a graduate section. Course details:  IOT is the next big thing – billions of interconnected devices will be used to monitor the environment, transportation systems, factories, farms, forests, utilities, weather, and global resources.   The course will use three types of building blocks to better understand IOT: Android smart phone, Raspberry Pi boards, and Arduino-based autonomous robots. Student teams will build the infrastructure to play multiplayer games in the process of integrating these building blocks for a low cost and long battery life IOT. The syllabus is given here.

Contact Info for me: Dr. Shankar, Phone: (561) 297-3470, Email: shankar@fau.edu, Room 513 EE

FAU’s Robotics Club is interested in using our low cost robots to solve Math problems. The ultimate goal is to develop math lessons based on our low cost robots that will help spur interest in Math for middle and high school students. These students will use robots to visualize and iteratively solve the Math problems, thereby gaining insight and confidence in solving such problems. If you are interested, please talk to one of the following engineering undergraduate students: Jean Lapix (EE), Johnny Yuen (ME), Bianca Mesa (ME), and Vinay Nunni (ME- working engineer). Two others have shown interest. The above list of engineering students will build and program these robots, one each, and use them to develop solutions for a given set of math challenges. I have already posted the set and my approaches at a Google Doc site of FAU. If you wish to have access to it, write to me at shankar@fau.edu.  We have built up collaborations with local schools and non-profit agencies, so there will be opportunities to teach younger students about Robotics and Math.

We also submitted a proposal to NSF in December ’13, in collaboration with the Math department, to better understand how best to introduce robotics in middle school Math curriculum.

Please see attached. Contact Dr. Shankar at shankar@fau.edu if you are interested.

Check out Academic Papers Page!


Here is a Prezi presentation made at a Robotics Conference on our robotics courses to high school and engineering undergraduate students.

These are blog sites of high school student teams enrolled in “Intro to Mechatronics” during spring 2012

Group Las Chicas Poderosas: http://laschicaspoderosas.wordpress.com/

Group Hawks: http://www.fauhawks.co.cc

Group Meet Steve:   http://meetstevebot.wordpress.com

Group Team Swag: http://jeffreytheswagbot.wordpress.com

Group RoboPower: http://drakeisthebest.wordpress.com

Robotic Art

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