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Applications and Areas of Study Related to Vision Systems for Engineering Technology StudentsMany modern automated systems incorporate aspects of and tools based on vision and cameratechnologies. Robotics, material handling systems, surveillance, object recognition, and componentinspection in manufacturing are just a few of the areas where cameras and a variety of other systemsare being combined to design new processes and update existing ones. A problem arises from the widerange of skills and knowledge related to the mechanical set-up, electrical controls and software that arerequired to develop and successfully implement these systems. A class that introduces students to thissubject matter so they can contribute upon entry into an industry setting is needed.This paper proposes a course program of study that can be used to introduce Manufacturing andMechanical Engineering Technology students at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls Oregon.The idea for this course content was developed from work performed during a 3 year applied researchand robotics lab enhancement project funded by the Army Research Labs (ARL) and done as part of abigger effort called Northwest Manufacturing Initiatives 21. The main focus of this paper and whatdifferentiates it from other proposals is that it identifies software and computer programming as one ofthe major barriers that keep Manufacturing and Mechanical Technology students from learning aboutvision systems and their use in automated/ robotic/ manufacturing applications.Many lessons have been learned through collaborative projects with the computer science andcomputer software engineering students/faculty. In the past, MET and MFGET departments haveworked on aspects of the projects and then turned them over to the computer department for softwaredevelopment. This proposal takes the approach that introductory “canned” programs can now providebasic functionality and tools, while some libraries of “code” functionality can be found onmanufacturer’s web sites and user forums. Finally, pure development of applications is available in avariety of applications programing interfaces “API” languages including Visual Basic, C++, C#, and others.There are currently no course offerings in our MMET department related to vision systems andapplications in manufacturing. The expected benefits of this course are to provide a language andconcept bridges that will allow more ET students to participate in the design and implementation ofsystems in conjunction with engineers from other disciplines. With the foundation built from this courseand previous projects, the department will be able to grow and expand on the work completed eachyear. There is a need in industry for Mechanical/Manufacturing engineers and technologists withinterdisciplinary skills and experience that they get as part of their college education.
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