Archive for April 28th, 2010

Undergraduate Research and Design Symposium

You are invited to attend the 23rd Annual Undergraduate Research and Design Symposium in the Dome Room of the Rotunda on Wednesday, May 5th from 11:30 am-3:00 pm.  The Symposium will be divided into individual and team presentations.   A total of 10 finalists were selected (4 individuals and 6 teams).  We have an outstanding group of 4th year students who would very much appreciate your attendance even if just for a portion of the Symposium.

Immediately following the Symposium will be a Reception and Poster Session, taking place from 3:15-4:30 pm in the Wilsdorf Hall Upper Atrium.  Winners of Symposium will be announced.  Refreshments provided.

A Fly on the Wall

Fixed-Wing Drone Lands Vertically On Walls.

Popular Science (4/27, Hsu) reports that researchers at Stanford University’s Biomimetics Laboratory have developed “a fixed-wing, non-transforming drone” that can land vertically on walls. “Their drone approaches the wall at full speed,” and “then pitches sharply upward to angle its belly toward the wall and slows its approach speed to just under 7 mph.” The drone uses carbon-fiber and balsa landing legs “tipped with steel spines” in order to make a vertical landing. “The researchers still face engineering challenges such as tuning the suspension system so that the drone doesn’t simply rebound upon landing approach.” They will be presenting “an update on their work at next month’s 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Anchorage, Alaska.”

Reposted from the April 27, 2010 ASEE First Bell

Humanoid Robot

Students Unveil Full-Sized, Walking Humanoid Robot.

Popular Science (4/27, Ngo) reports, “A group of undergraduate and graduate students at the Virginia Tech College of Engineering’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) have unveiled” the Cognitive Humanoid Autonomous Robot with Learning Intelligence (CHARLI), “which they are calling the first full-sized, walking, untethered, humanoid robot, complete with four moving limbs and a head, to be built in the United States.” Dennis Hong, an associate professor who is leading the research, explained that “the environment we live in is designed for humans.” Therefore, the researchers “focused on making a humanoid robot with motor skills that can handle human tasks.” Popular Science noted, “There are two version of CHARLI in development: CHARLI-L, for Lightweight, and CHARLI-H, for Heavy.” The former “will debut in Singapore’s RoboCup tournament later this year.”

Reposted from April 28, 2010 ASEE First Bell

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