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Board 11: Research Experience for Undergraduates in UAV Technologies

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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10

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https://peer.asee.org/29874

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21

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Subodh Bhandari California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Dr. Subodh Bhandari is a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona and the Director of its Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Lab. His current research emphasis is on increased autonomy of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), UAV-UGV collaboration, robust and intelligent control, collision and obstacle avoidance system for UAVs, coordination and control of multiple unmanned vehicles, and developing capabilities for widespread use of unmanned vehicles including precision agriculture and 3-D mapping. Dr. Bhandari leads a multi-disciplinary team of faculty and students from several departments within the Colleges of Engineering and Science at Cal Poly Pomona for research on unmanned systems. He has obtained Federal, State, and Industry support for his research on UAV’s, including funding from National Science Foundation, AERO Institute/NASA Armstrong, Agriculture Research Institute, and Northrop Grumman Corporation. He is an Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of American Helicopter Society (AHS), Association for Unmanned Vehicles International (AUVSI), and American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

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Zekeriya Aliyazicioglu California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Dr. Zekeriya Aliyazicioglu received his M.S. degree in 1991 and Ph.D. degree in 1995, both in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas). He is currently a Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His research interests include Digital Signal Processing applications, Digital Image Processing, Communication Systems, and robotics. He is an author of numerous research papers and presentations in these areas. Dr. Aliyazicioglu is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi and ASEE.

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Fang Tang California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Dr. Fang (Daisy) Tang is the Chair and Professor in the Computer Science Department at California State Polytechnic University - Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). Dr. Tang received her Ph.D. degree in computer science in 2006 from The University of Tennessee - Knoxville (UTK), performing her research on multi-robot systems. She received her M.S. degree in computer science from UTK in 2003, and her B.S. degree in computer science from Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, in 2000.

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Amar Raheja California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Dr. Amar Raheja is currently a professor of Computer Science at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona. He received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University of Toledo, OH in 1999. and MS and BS from Indian Institute of Technology, India in 1992 and 1994 respectively. His research interests and publications are in the area of image processing, computer vision and machine learning. He is also a member of the IEEE and ACM.

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Abstract

The Research Experience for Undergraduates in UAV Technologies project is funded by the NSF’s EEC Program. The main goal of this project is to increase undergraduate students’ participation and interest in research on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) technologies. Undergraduate students from 2- and 4-year institutions are involved in a multidisciplinary research projects at the authors’ institution. The REU site supports 10 students for 10 weeks of summer research per year, with the projects focusing on research on the Dynamics and Control of UAVs, Obstacle & Collision Avoidance System for UAVs, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, and Flight Test experience. Another goal is to attract students from community colleges to STEM programs at 4-year institutions and encourage the participants to pursue their studies for graduate degrees.

This poster will provide an overview of student activities, lessons learned so far, and the assessment of the first year of the program. The students were carefully and closely mentored by an interdisciplinary team of faculty members from various departments within the Colleges of Engineering and Science. The participating students learned to use computational tools needed to engage in multidisciplinary UAV research projects. They learned to do the scientific literature review and opportunity to improve written and oral communication skills. The participants were required to present a poster, give an oral presentation of the research, and submit abstract (s) to student and/or professional conferences. In addition, the students participated in a series of research symposium and seminars designed to expose them to a range of research topics, and engage in professional development activities such as workshop on Application to Graduate Programs, Resume Building, Ethics in Engineering and Science, etc.

Bhandari, S., & Aliyazicioglu, Z., & Tang, F., & Raheja, A. (2018, June), Board 11: Research Experience for Undergraduates in UAV Technologies Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29874

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