Amelia’s Aero Club is a middle school program for highly-motivated 6th-8th grade girls who are from across Washington State. The program organizes events related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Aviation, Art, and Mathematics (STEA2M) and the legacy of Amelia Earhart. This year it included a visit to the BioRobotics lab where they interacted with a haptic simulation and teleoperated a surgical robot during their visit.
For the second year in a row, Kevin Huang of the BRL has been helping with the UW Math Academy Summer Program. The Math Academy offers a free summer program to help Washington State high school students develop key math, engineering and problem solving skills. The program targets specifically underrepresented minorities. As part of the program, students participate in a three-day workshop, called a Focus Group. For this, Kevin has been a teacher and mentor in a small-scale design project focusing on basic information about haptics and haptic enabled systems. By the end of the program, the students receive a crash-course in the mechanisms by which humans sense touch, design an experiment to interrogate a person’s two-point threshold, and also learn to program a one degree-of-freedom haptic device. The students work to acquire key skills, such as experimental design, analysis, programming and teamwork skills necessary to succeed in engineering related fields. Read more about the UW Math Academy here.
The BioRobotics Lab ran a 3-day workshop for highschool Math Academy students. This workshop introduced haptic enabled systems and allowed the students to program and experiment with haptic devices.
A Huffington Post article published today overviews the recent Smart America Challenge that the BRL participated in. The UW BioRobotics lab worked with a team of researchers and engineers from multiple institutions to demonstrate a new approach to disaster response. Check out the full article here
This video was produced and posted by NSF, check out their news release here
BRL researchers Kevin Huang, Fredrik Ryden and Howard Chizeck all made an appearance at the Smart America Expo in Washington DC this week. They were showing off a technologies developed to aid disaster and emergency response. The work was done as a part of the Smart America Challenge with collaborators from Boeing, MathWorks, MIT Media Lab, National Instruments, North Carolina State University, University of North Texas and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Our partners in the Smart America Challenge created these video to showcase the technologies we are bringing together to improve disaster response!
The Smart Emergency Response System team that includes the BioRobotics Lab showcased their ongoing collaborative efforts to build novel haptic and teleoperated system to enhance disaster response. You can read more about the event at the C4C website here.
The ongoing work is shown in the video below, where a drone tracks and follows a teleoperated robot for communication and relaying information between operator and remote system. This particular demonstration was done at the Boeing Collaborative Systems Lab.
Members of the BioRobotics Lab have joined a team of engineers, academics and industrial partners to revolutionize disaster response. Read more at SmartAmerica.org