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Enabling Affordable Industrial Robotics Education through Simulation

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Robotics, Automation, and Product Development

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Engineering Technology

Page Count

9

DOI

10.18260/p.26949

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https://peer.asee.org/26949

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187

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Scott A Kuhl Michigan Technological University

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Scott Kuhl is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cognitive & Learning Sciences at Michigan Technological University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Utah in 2009. His research interests include immersive virtual environments, head-mounted displays, and spatial perception. A link to his web page can be found at http://www.cs.mtu.edu/.

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Aleksandr Sergeyev Michigan Technological University

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Aleksandr Sergeyev is currently an Associate
Professor in the Electrical Engineering
Technology program in the
School of Technology at Michigan Technological
University. Dr. Aleksandr
Sergeyev earned his bachelor degree in
Electrical Engineering at Moscow University
of Electronics and Automation in
1995. He obtained the Master degree
in Physics from Michigan Technological
University in 2004 and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering
from Michigan Technological University in 2007.
Dr. Aleksandr Sergeyev’s research interests include high
energy laser propagation through the turbulent atmosphere,
developing advanced control algorithms for wavefront sensing
and mitigating effects of the turbulent atmosphere, digital
inline holography, digital signal processing, and laser spectroscopy. Dr. Sergeyev is a member of ASEE, IEEE, SPIE and is actively involved in promoting engineering education.

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James Walker Michigan Technological University

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James Walker holds an M.S. in computer science from Michigan Technological University, where he currently performs virtual reality research in pursuit of his Ph.D. He was the lead software developer for the robotics simulator described in this paper.

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Shashank Barkur Lakshmikanth Michigan Technological University

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Mark Highum Bay de Noc Community College

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Mark Highum is currently the Division Chair for Technology at Bay College. He is the Lead Instructor for Mechatronics and Robotics Systems and also teaches courses in the Computer Network Systems and Security degree. Mark holds a Master's in Career and Technical Education (Highest Distinction) from Ferris State University, and a Bachelor's in Workforce Education and Development (Summa Cum Laude) from Southern Illinois University.
Mark is a retired Chief Electronics Technician (Submarines) and served and taught as part of the Navy's Nuclear Power Program.
Mark is active with SkillsUSA and has been on the National Education Team for Mechatronics since 2004.

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Nasser Alaraje Michigan Technological University

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Dr. Alaraje is an Associate Professor and Program Chair of Electrical Engineering Technology in the School of Technology at Michigan Tech. Prior to his faculty appointment, he was employed by Lucent Technologies as a hardware design engineer, from 1997- 2002, and by vLogix as chief hardware design engineer, from 2002-2004. Dr. Alaraje’s research interests focus on processor architecture, System-on-Chip design methodology, Field-Programmable Logic Array (FPGA) architecture and design methodology, Engineering Technology Education, and hardware description language modeling. Dr. Alaraje is a 2013-2014 Fulbright scholarship recipient at Qatar University, where he taught courses on Embedded Systems. Additionally, Dr. Alaraje is a recipient of an NSF award for a digital logic design curriculum revision in collaboration with the College of Lake County in Illinois, and a NSF award in collaboration with the University of New Mexico, Drake State Technical College, and Chandler-Gilbert Community College. The award focused on expanding outreach activities to increase the awareness of potential college students about career opportunities in electronics technologies. Dr. Alaraje is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a member of the ASEE Electrical and Computer Engineering Division, a member of the ASEE Engineering Technology Division, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department Heads Association (ECETDHA).

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Ruimin zhang Michigan Technological University

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I am a PhD student in Computer Science Department in Michigan Technological University. My interest is in Virtual Reality.

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Mark Bradley Kinney Bay de Noc Community College

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Mark Kinney became the Executive Dean for Business, Technology, and Workforce Development in July of 2012, but first came to Bay College as the Executive Director of Institutional Research and
Effectiveness in February 2009. Prior to that, Mark served as the Dean for Computer Information Systems and Technology at Baker College of Cadillac and as the Chief Operating Officer and network administrator at Forest Area Federal Credit Union. He has taught a wide range of courses in the computer information systems discipline and holds certifications in both Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access. Mark has a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in
Computer Information Systems from Baker College, as well as a Bachelor’s in Business Leadership and an Associate’s of Business from Baker College. Currently, Mark is completing his dissertation in fulfillment of the requirements of a
Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University.

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Abstract

Existing industrial robot training software is often too expensive for schools to provide for students or for students to acquire on their own. For example, high schools and community colleges may want to provide students with a basic level of experience with programming industrial robots. If the software is accessible and free, such training software could provide a platform for anyone to learn more about industrial robotics. In this paper, we describe the development of ``RobotRun'', a software package that simulates an industrial robot and teach pendant controller. The software allows students to practice basic programming tasks which control the movement and function of the robot. When completed, this open-source program will be suitable for use in high-school outreach activities and in any degree program which focuses on industrial robotics such as two- or four-year Electrical Engineering Technology programs. RobotRun was written in the Java programming language by two students over the course of a summer. It provides a 3D view of a robotic arm, allows the use of different end effectors, and will eventually be used to simulate different factory environments and processes. In addition, the system allows students to learn about controlling the end effector in different coordinate frames and programming paths that the robotic arm should follow. The teach pendant controller resembles real teach pendants and therefore provides students with a learning experience that can be transferred to real-world industrial robotics applications. This project is a part of a larger collaboration between Michigan Technological University and Bay de Noc Community College which aims to develop curricula and training materials to supplement the RobotRun software.

Kuhl, S. A., & Sergeyev, A., & Walker, J., & Barkur Lakshmikanth, S., & Highum, M., & Alaraje, N., & zhang, R., & Kinney, M. B. (2016, June), Enabling Affordable Industrial Robotics Education through Simulation Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26949

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