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Teaching Micro-robots in Biomedical Applications: A Modified Challenge-based Pedagogy and Evaluations

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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25.1251.1 - 25.1251.8



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Yi Guo Stevens Institute of Technology

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Yi Guo is currently an Associate Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, where she joined in 2005 as an Assistant Professor. She obtained the Ph.D. degree from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 1999. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 2000 to 2002, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Central Florida from 2002 to 2005. Her main research interests are in nonlinear control systems, autonomous mobile robotics, distributed sensor networks, and control of nanoscale systems. Guo is a Senior Member of IEEE.

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Shubo Zhang Stevens Institute of Technology

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He received a B.S. degree in automatic control from Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China, in 2007 and a M.E. degree in
electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2009. He is currently a Ph.D. student at Department of Electrical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Arthur B. Ritter FAIMBE Stevens Institute of Technology


Hong Man Stevens Institute of Technology

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Hong Man joined the faculty of electrical and computer engineering at Stevens in Jan. 2000. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Dec. 1999. Man is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of ECE. He is serving as the Director of the undergraduate computer engineering program, and the Director of the Visual Information Environment Laboratory at Stevens. His research interests have been in image and video processing, medical imaging, data analysis, and pattern recognition. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 technical journal and conference papers on these topics. He is a senior member of IEEE and member of ASEE.

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Teaching Micro-robots in Biomedical Applications: A Modified Challenge-based Pedagogy and EvaluationsAbstractSupported by an NSF CCLI award, we have developed teaching materials based on a case studyon a pill-sized robot in gastro-intestinal (GI) tract to teach undergraduate micro-robotics and alsoprinciples of robot programming and navigation. The case study consists of a lecture unit and alaboratory module. The lecture unit introduces commercial capsule endoscopes and proposes aconceptual design of a vitamin pill size robot vehicle that can operate within human’s GI tract.The objective of the laboratory modules is to teach students how to program robots to navigate inan uncertain environment and how to control the robot.In this paper, we present our experiences in pilot-testing the developed lecture unit andlaboratory module in two courses, EE 631 Cooperating Autonomous Mobile Robotics andBME504/CpE585 Medical Instrumentation and Imaging, at Stevens Institute of Technology. Weused a modified challenge-based pedagogy, and obtained evaluation results using homeworks,presentations, project reports, and surveys. We also learned a few things through interacting withstudents on this emerging application. This paper will discuss the pedagogy, evaluation results,and lessons learned.

Guo, Y., & Zhang, S., & Ritter, A. B., & Man, H. (2012, June), Teaching Micro-robots in Biomedical Applications: A Modified Challenge-based Pedagogy and Evaluations Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22008

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