October 20, 2017

“Dog Robot” Pays a Visit to STEAM Night at Power Ranch Elementary

STEAM Night at Power Ranch Elementary

Robotics and Embedded Systems student Kenneth Vorseth along with Professor Jill Coddington attended STEAM Night at Power Ranch Elementary on Thursday, Sept 21, showing off the 6-wheeled “dog robot” along. The “Dog Robot” was very exciting for the kids, and Kenneth had an excellent demo of the vision system including a good field test experience. This was a time to demonstrate robots and STEAM-related technologies. UAT faculty and students were a huge hit with the 6 wheeled dog robot as well as a vision system. Professor Coddington also enjoyed chatting with parents who work in industry and the Higley High…

Programming Students Adopt a Robotic Dog

Autonomous Robot at University of Advancing Technology

Recently a few Robotics and Embedded Systems students have adopted a dog! Well, actually, Kenneth Vorseth and Andrew Weisenberger have been working in the Robotics Lab to program and bring a robotic dog to life. If the robot were a real dog it would be considered to be highly trained in that this robot is autonomous, designed for the Autonomous Object Tracking Vehicles class at UAT. Just last week, I was walking by and saw student Kenny Vorseth (Robotics and Embedded Systems/ Game Programming) training the robotic canine how to fetch in the UAT Commons. Please watch the video to see for yourself. An update…

G33K Squad Competes in Southwest VEX U Tournament

UAT G33K Squad at Southwest VEX U Tournament

UAT’s Robotics Team, the G33K Squad, took a road trip to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to compete in the Southwest VEX U Tournament on March 4, 2017. The team, along with Professors Jill Coddington and Mark Fedasiuk, spent a fun day of competing for a chance to win a spot in the VEX U World Championship. There were 12 University teams competing in this competition. Each team participated in six matches. The Southwest VEX U Tournament is the only regional tournament in our area. How does the Southwest VEX U Tournament work? There are two parts to the competition – autonomous…

UAT Welcomes Southern Colorado Girls STEM Initiative to Future You University

UAT Welcomes Southern Colorado Girls STEM Initiative to Future You University

The Southern Colorado Girls STEM group lead by Professor Jill Coddington, UAT Program Champion in Advancing Computer Science and Robotics, spent the weekend at UAT’s Tempe campus for a Future You University event during June 10-13, to offer these students a taste of the technology-infused innovation that surrounds our students each and every day.  These 17 middle school students won a STEM competition and their prize was a technology-filled experience at UAT. Over the weekend, the girls participated in workshops and seminars, campus tours, a weekend stay in UAT Founder’s Hall dormitory, Veggie car races, a 3D printing demo, Innovation Games,…

VEX U Championship Results

Southwest Regional VEX-University (VEX U) Championship

The UAT Robotics Team (The G33K Squad) competed in its second Southwest Regional VEX-University (VEX U) Championship on Saturday, March 5, coinciding with the commencement of Spring Break at UAT. Five dedicated UAT Robotics students who took the VEX Competition class during the fall semester, formed the core team, built the robots and competed in the VEX U event. The team consisted of Daniel Carpenter, Garrett Tidd, Alexander Gregory, Daniel Molnar and David Hendrix. At the competition: Despite a rough beginning due to problems during robot inspection, as well as missing two of our six matches due to reasons beyond our control, The G33K Squad…

UAT Professors Rock Coding Seminars at the Great Arizona Code Challenge

Great Arizona Code Challenge

Photo above: Professor Mark Fedasiuk working with a student during the robot demo. The first annual Great Arizona Code Challenge took place at Infusionsoft Headquarters the weekend of July 24-25, offering 38 high school students the opportunity to attend coding seminars taught by UAT Professors, where they could ask questions and discuss their ideas. The Code Challenge started off with an ice breaker in order for the programmers to get acquainted and to inspire collaboration within the group. Infusionsoft provided attendees with a comfortable and fun work space where they could code around the clock to create an original game…

Recent TV Programing Correlates to UAT Degrees

battlebots

Television has recently shined a light on two exciting majors offered at University of Advancing Technology: Robotics and Embedded Systems and Network Security. You heard me right! Hit the DVR and let’s see what these shows are all about. BattleBots – Sundays at 9 p.m. on ABC The premise: The homemade robots will battle against each other, in a single elimination tournament style format, until there is just one champion. The new series promises to wow viewers with next generation robots—bigger, faster and stronger than ever before. The show will have a greater emphasis on the design and build elements…

Envisioning Emerging Technologies

Envisioning Emerging Technologies

The graph below by Michell Zappa visualizes current trends in technological developments as well as possible future trends from 2012 to 2040. To have an understanding of where technological trends are situated today and to guess what may happen in the future helps developers with the creation of products today. It is interesting to see the possible developmental paths based on audience demands and desires, and to compare different categories. With my students in my Principles of Interactivity class we compared Internet column with Interfaces and specifically focused on the developments of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality: as of 2012,…

Shape the World: Aldebaran Robotics

aldebaran robotics

Aldebaran Robotics is hiring! Aldebaran is recruiting the best engineering, talents to join it’s humanoid robots’ dream team! What we are looking for? Passionate and creative people, experts, ambitious, able to think “out of the box”, convinced that Robotics is the next big thing. Are you searching for an innovative anf off-the-wall company, where we are building the future right now? You want to take up the challenges offered by robotics and shape the world? Check out our roles and career opportunities, and join us! www.aldebaran.com/en   Link to this post!Related PostsAZ Tech Beat Visits UAT on #ExposeTheAwesome Tour NASA…

The Future of Robotics and AI

In celebration of Alan Turing’s 100th birthday, Google has a Turing Machine Doodle.  Wired has a retrospective on Turing‘s influence on computing, and a discussion of the validity of the Turing Test for machine intelligence. On a much more optimistic note, the Between the Lines blog has a great article on the near future of robotics and AI, with opinions by computing pioneers such as Peter Norvig and Judea Pearl. Link to this post!