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Robotics Synchronization And Information Distribution System (Rsaids)

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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International Case Studies, Interactive Learning, Student Design

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9.1074.1 - 9.1074.16



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Gary Boucher

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Reza Sanati-Mehrizy

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Afsaneh Minaie

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Session 2260

Robotics Synchronization And Information Distribution System (RSAIDS)

Gary R. Boucher Reza Sanati Mehrizy Associate Professor Associate Professor

Alfered L. McKinney Afsaneh Minaie Professor Associate Professor

College of Sciences School of Computer Science and Louisiana State University in Engineering Shreveport Utah Valley State College Shreveport, LA 71115 Orem, Utah 84058


Since our schools do not offer an engineering program, we teach robotic technology within our computer science curriculum. In the process of teaching robotics technology to students at a graduate or undergraduate level, it becomes necessary to synchronize more than one robotic arm for the purpose of demonstrating the interaction between robots commonly found in industrial settings. There are several approaches to doing this. The simplest approach is to connect the two machines with hard-wiring. This requires the operator to connect outputs of one machine to the inputs of another. Perhaps the reverse will be also necessary in connecting the outputs of the second robotic controller to the first.

Another method of synchronization involves the use of expensive industrial quality programmed controllers using ladder logic to evoke responses from the affected robots based on certain inputs. Most Computer Science and Computer Technology students are not familiar with such controllers but do possess a well based knowledge of several computer languages.

The third approach and the topic for the RSAIDS approach is to use a microprocessor to control the synchronization of the robotic arms. The main problem with this third approach is the fact that microcontrollers or microprocessors such as the MC68HC11 series used in the RSAIDS are difficult to program in assembly language without prior experience.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Boucher, G., & Sanati-Mehrizy, R., & Minaie, A. (2004, June), Robotics Synchronization And Information Distribution System (Rsaids) Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13286

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