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Board 64: ROS as an Undergraduate Project-based Learning Enabler

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Computers in Education Division Poster Session

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Computers in Education

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15

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Stephen Andrew Wilkerson P.E. York College of Pennsylvania

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Stephen Wilkerson (swilkerson@ycp.edu) received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1990 in Mechanical Engineering. His Thesis and initial work was on underwater explosion bubble dynamics and ship and submarine whipping. After graduation he took a position with the US Army where he has been ever since. For the first decade with the Army he worked on notable programs to include the M829A1 and A2 that were first of a kind composite saboted munition. His travels have taken him to Los Alamos where he worked on modeling the transient dynamic attributes of Kinetic Energy munitions during initial launch. Afterwards he was selected for the exchange scientist program and spent a summer working for DASA Aerospace in Wedel, Germany 1993. His initial research also made a major contribution to the M1A1 barrel reshape initiative that began in 1995. Shortly afterwards he was selected for a 1 year appointment to the United States Military Academy West Point where he taught Mathematics. Following these accomplishments he worked on the SADARM fire and forget projectile that was finally used in the second gulf war.
Since that time, circa 2002, his studies have focused on unmanned systems both air and ground. His team deployed a bomb finding robot named the LynchBot to Iraq late in 2004 and then again in 2006 deployed about a dozen more improved LynchBots to Iraq. His team also assisted in the deployment of 84 TACMAV systems in 2005. Around that time he volunteered as a science advisor and worked at the Rapid Equipping Force during the summer of 2005 where he was exposed to a number of unmanned systems technologies. His initial group composed of about 6 S&T grew to nearly 30 between 2003 and 2010 as he transitioned from a Branch head to an acting Division Chief. In 2010-2012 he again was selected to teach Mathematics at the United States Military Academy West Point. Upon returning to ARL's Vehicle Technology Directorate from West Point he has continued his research on unmanned systems under ARL's Campaign for Maneuver as the Associate Director of Special Programs. Throughout his career he has continued to teach at a variety of colleges and universities. For the last 4 years he has been a part time instructor and collaborator with researchers at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (http://me.umbc.edu/directory/). He is currently an Assistant Professor at York College PA.

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Stephen Andrew Gadsden University of Guelph

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Andrew completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and Management (Business) at McMaster University in 2006. In 2011, he completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at McMaster in the area of estimation theory. Andrew worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Mechatronics and Hybrid Technology (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada). He also worked as a Project Manager in the pharmaceutical industry (Apotex Inc.) for three years. Before joining the University of Guelph in 2016, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Andrew worked with a number of colleagues in NASA, the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL), USDA, NIST, and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). He is an ASME and IEEE member, and a Professional Engineer. Andrew was an Associate Editor for the Transactions of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineers and is a reviewer for a number of ASME and IEEE journals and international conferences. Andrew is a 2018 Ontario Early Researcher (ERA) award winner (on intelligent condition monitoring strategies), and has been nominated for the 2018 University of Guelph Faculty Association (UGFA) Teaching Award.

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Andrew Lee University of Guelph

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Lee has applied his mechanical engineering knowledge and STEM teaching skills as a camp assistant in the Take Flight Robotics program, a summer experience designed to engage and inspire high school interested in STEM fields. In 2015, Lee helped participants build and program their own small drones, and in 2016 he developed a new program to help them modify remote controlled cars using coding skills and microcontrollers.

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Robert Nicholas Vandemark

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Elyse Hill

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I am a PhD student focusing on Intelligent Systems at the University of Guelph under my advisor, Dr. Andrew Gadsden. I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) where I received a BS in Mechanical Engineering. My undergraduate experience introduced me to education and educational research, which drew me to teaching undergraduates in design courses. Several of my research interests include: control systems, estimation theory, pedagogy, diversity in higher education, and concept inventories.

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Amy Domenique Gadsden University of Alberta

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Amy Domenique completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University (New Brunswick) and a Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University (Ontario) in 2012. Following this, she completed a Master of Education at Nipissing University in Special and Inclusive educational praxis in 2014. Amy Domenique is a certified teacher and has worked as an elementary and secondary classroom teacher in both the province of Ontario and Alberta. She is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and the Alberta Teachers Association. She is an experienced university instructor, guest speaker, and graduate teaching assistant. Amy Domenique has also worked as a research assistant in the JP Das Centre for Developmental and Learning Disabilities (Alberta) as well as the Western Canada Centre for Deaf Studies (Alberta). Concomitant with her relevant professional working experience, she is a member of a variety of organizations that promote and advocate for the inclusion of students with special needs. Amy Domenique is also a Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta, and a member of its Ontario organization. Currently, Amy Domenique is a doctoral student in the department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta, conducting research in Special Education.

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Abstract

Future engineering and science jobs will require a greater degree of speciality and diversity at the same time. In manufacturing and service industries robots will likely play a huge job generator. Self driving cars, trucks, and humanoids will only be the start. Advanced robots have traditionally been taught heavily at the graduate level, but not until recently at the undergraduate level. However, the Robotic Operating System (ROS) is a game changer in this regard. ROS allows programmers and engineers to tackle extremely difficult problems without specific knowledge of some of the components. In this paper we look at a year long study of robotic arm mechanisms using a PBL technique. We detail the learning difficulties encountered when developing a program from scratch as well as some of the successes. As part of our measurement of merit, we provide our materials on the internet and track their usage by others. Details of where and how we obtained our data are also provided. The current project is based on the Kobuki Turtlebot and the Trossen Robotics Arm Pincher. In this PBL we attempt to mount a robotic arm on the Turtlebot to retrieve objects located in remote locations using a previously built map. Then building off other student projects we attempt to extend our Kobuki's capabilities from basic navigation to navigation with a mission and purpose.

Wilkerson, S. A., & Gadsden, S. A., & Lee, A., & Vandemark, R. N., & Hill, E., & Gadsden, A. D. (2018, June), Board 64: ROS as an Undergraduate Project-based Learning Enabler Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30078

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