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Enhancing Industrial Robotics Education with Open-source Software

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

ETD Manufacturing/3D Printing

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

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15

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https://peer.asee.org/28275

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75

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Joshua B. Hooker Michigan Technological University

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I am an undergradute Software Engineer at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan and I will be graduating in the December of 2017.

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Vincent Druschke Michigan Technological University

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Vincent Druschke is a graduate student at Michigan Technological University. Hailing from Iron Mountain, Michigan, he is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Engineering and anticipates graduating in December of 2017.

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Scott A. Kuhl Michigan Technological University

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Scott Kuhl is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Cognitive & Learning Sciences at Michigan Technological University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Utah in 2009. He has been the faculty advisor for Husky Game Development Enterprise since Spring 2010. 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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Siddharth Yogesh Parmar

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Mark Bradley Kinney Bay de Noc Community College

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Mark Kinney became the Dean for Business and Technology 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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Nasser Alaraje Michigan Technological University

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Dr. Alaraje is a 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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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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Abstract

As industrial robotics continues to revolutionize manufacturing, there is increasing demand for affordable tools which support robotics education. We describe a new, open-source robotics simulation software package that is nearing completion. This free software is targeted for educators and students at the high school, community college, and university level. We expect that the software will be particularly useful for two- or four-year Electrical Engineering Technology degree programs. Our software allows students to learn how to operate robot even when access to a real robot is impossible, expensive, or limited. Similar to expensive proprietary robot simulation software, our simulator focuses on providing the basics of operating a robot, setting up and using coordinate frames, programming effector paths, and allows the robot to interact with objects in the environment. The software also simulates a teach pendant which the student uses to control the robot. A preliminary version of this work was presented at ASEE 2016 and this paper describes the significant improvements made to the software in the past year. Recent improvements include a revamped inverse kinematics system which provides smoother and more realistic robot movement, collision detection, and significantly improved teach pendant menus. Programming capabilities have also been expanded to include register expressions, conditional statements, and new instructions. Finally, our software now includes scenarios which creates predefined situations aimed at teaching specific robotics skills while also allowing students to create their own scenarios with an interactive menu system. A beta version of the software has been publicly released and we are excited to collect feedback from those in the robotics education community. This project is supported by the National Science Foundation and is a result of a multidisciplinary collaboration between Michigan Technological University and Bay de Noc Community College.

Hooker, J. B., & Druschke, V., & Kuhl, S. A., & Sergeyev, A., & Parmar, S. Y., & Kinney, M. B., & Alaraje, N., & Highum, M. (2017, June), Enhancing Industrial Robotics Education with Open-source Software Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28275

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