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Board 97: Robots at Your Service: An Entrepreneurial and Socio-Technical ACL Course Module

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Mechanical Engineering Division Poster Session

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Mechanical Engineering

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Ming Z. Huang University of San Diego

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Ming Huang received his MS in University of Rhode Island and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently professor and chair of mechanical engineering department at USD. His research interests are coordination and computer aided design optimization of of robotic mechanisms, theory and practices of inventive problem solving and engineering pedagogy.

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Elizabeth Reddy Colorado School of Mines

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Elizabeth Reddy is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Division of Engineering, Design & Society at Colorado School of Mines. She is a social scientist, holding a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of California at Irvine and an MA in Social Science from the University of Chicago. She is Co-Chair of the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology and Computing in the American Anthropological Association. She studies experts and their work in relation to environments, technologies, and human lives. Her current research projects deal with earthquake risk management technology in Mexico and the United States, environmental data justice in the US/Mexican borderlands, and the development and practice of engineering expertise.

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The advancement of robotics technology in recent years, coupled with AI and big data, helped ushering in the era of service robotics, where robots are no longer used in factory automation only but in close proximity and interaction with humans as assistants. The significant interests in humanoid robots and driverless cars exemplify this development trend. While courses on robotics have found their way into Mechanical Engineering curriculum, they are typically offered as electives and tend to be technically centric, not much time being afforded to address the social and ethical implications inherent in its applications. A course module, named ‘Robots at Your Service’, was developed to engage students to critically think about the social and ethical implications while performing technical research assignments and identifying new opportunities in robotic applications. Active collaborative learning (ACL), such as jigsaw and gallery walk, are used for effectively engaging students and promoting self-learning. Initial assessments of its first deployment in Spring 2018 showed positive outcomes for its feasibility. This module was developed for an undergraduate junior/senior elective course; however, its generic format makes it suitable for graduate level adoption as well.

Huang, M. Z., & Reddy, E. (2019, June), Board 97: Robots at Your Service: An Entrepreneurial and Socio-Technical ACL Course Module Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32472

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