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Increasing ECE Student Excitement through an International Marine Robotics Competition

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Poster Session

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Electrical and Computer

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

23.737.1 - 23.737.12

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https://peer.asee.org/19751

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37

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Joseph Lee Heyman United States Military Academy

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Joseph L. Heyman is an Instructor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, United States Military Academy. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy and an M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Wenli Huang U.S. Military Academy

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Wenli Huang is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York. She received her Ph.D in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1995. She is currently a research member of the Photonics Research Center at West Point. Her research interests include halftone image processing and design/modeling of nanostructure optoelectronic devices. She is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies.

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Guangming Xie Peking University

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Guangming Xie received his B.S. degrees in Applied Mathematics and Electronics & Computer Technology, his M.E. degree in Control Theory and Control Engineering, and his Ph.D degree in Control Theory and Control Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1996, 1998 and 2001, respectively. Then he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Systems and Control, Department of Mechanics and engineering Science, Peking University, Beijing, China from July 2001 to June 2003. In July 2003, he joined the Center as a lecturer. Now he is an Associate Professor of Dynamics and Control. He is also a Guest Professor of East China Jiaotong University. He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems and the Journal of Information and Systems Science. His research interests include smart swarms, hybrid and switched systems, complex networked control systems, multi-agent systems, multi-robot systems, and biomimetic robotics.

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Pongpat Taephanitcharoen United States Military Academy

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Pongpat Taephanitcharoen is an exchange cadet from Thailand who is currently pursuing a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.

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Abstract

Increasing ECE Student Excitement through an International Marine Robotics CompetitionAs educators we are constantly searching for new methods, materials, and projects that inspirestudents to become excited about our discipline. Ideally, this excitement would lead to increasedstudent motivation, learning and retention. In addition, a student who enjoys the field alsobecomes a critical asset in additional student recruitment and outreach. This paper addresses onesuch project by relating our experience with the 1st International Underwater Robot OpenCompetition, the Advanced Individual Studies course that we created to support the competition,and how the competition can be used to increase student interest in marine robotics. We begin bybriefly describing the International Underwater Robot Open competition, the history of thecompetition, and the platforms involved. We then describe in detail the design and execution ofthe course created to support participation in the competition. This description includes adiscussion of some common pitfalls that students experienced when transitioning from workingsolely with ground based robots to working with robots in an underwater environment. Inaddition, we discuss the key role that the faculty advisor must take when working in a small-group, project based class to ensure that goals are clearly understood and accomplished in atimely manner. Finally, we relate the students’ experiences, both technical and cultural, duringthe international competition. These experiences and the excitement generated by theopportunity to travel to a foreign country led to students pursuing foreign exchange opportunitiesand performing additional undergraduate research in marine robotics.

Heyman, J. L., & Huang, W., & Xie, G., & Taephanitcharoen, P. (2013, June), Increasing ECE Student Excitement through an International Marine Robotics Competition Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19751

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