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Mobile Robot Simulation in a Virtual World

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



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Computers in Education

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22.1069.1 - 22.1069.8



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Robert L. Avanzato Pennsylvania State University, Abington

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Bob Avanzato is an associate professor of engineering at the Penn State, Abington campus. His research interests include mobile robotics, intelligent systems, and innovative education.

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Mobile Robot Simulation in a Virtual WorldSecond Life virtual world offers 3D modeling tools, scripting support, and a physicsengine which provide a platform to develop mobile robot simulations and interactiveexhibits. Benefits of employing virtual world simulation tools include rapid prototyping,low-cost development and delivery, collaboration, and access to an internationalcommunity. Two virtual, interactive robotics exhibits in the areas of mobile robotprogramming education and human-robot interaction have been constructed and deployedin the virtual world. Student access, involvement, collaboration in the virtual roboticsexhibits has been successful. Simulations developed in 3D virtual worlds, such asSecond Life, can serve as a highly accessible virtual laboratory and can support a varietyof educational and research objectives in the area of mobile robotics and human-robotinteractions.

Avanzato, R. L. (2011, June), Mobile Robot Simulation in a Virtual World Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18433

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