Workshop: ROBOT MAKERS. 11st UBI Summer School 2020

Monday, June 8, 2020 to Saturday, June 13, 2020

Due to COVID the workshop has been postponed. It will be held in 2021.

Fab Lab Oulu premises host one of the 4 UBISS2020 workshop named "ROBOT MAKERS". The 5 days workshop is lectured by Assistant Professor Ankur Mehta(UCLA, USA) and Assistant Professor Cynthia Sung (University of Pennsylvania, USA). The workshop focus on designing, developing, debugging, and demonstrating new robots that incorporate existing and state-of-the-art rapid fabrication technologies. Students will explore the interplay between physical fabricated objects and electronics and learn how to incorporate actuation, sensing, and intelligent control into rapidly fabricated mechanisms, thus opening opportunities for Making new smart devices to enhance our everyday lives.

Only 24 students can participate. APPLICATION DEADLINE: 09.03.2020 through the UBISS2020 site

Do not miss this chance on know other international students and researchers from many different fields and enjoy the fantastic Oulu summer. UBISS is also popular for its amazing social program. 

More on UBISS: 

The purpose of the annual international UBI Summer Schools (UBISS) is to provide researchers, students, and industry and public sector professionals with an opportunity to gain hands on experience and insight on selected topics under the tutelage of distinguished experts. UBISS typically comprises of 3-6 parallel 6-day workshops where the instructor(s) first provide a theoretical framing of the topic of the workshop and then supervise students’ hands-on group projects whose outcome is presented in the result seminar in the last day. This year there will be 4 different workshops: 

A: SMART INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT) WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY IN 5G AND BEYOND

Professor Petar Popovski, Aalborg University, Denmark
Dr. Israel Leyva-Mayorga, Aalborg University, Denmark
Dr. Federico Chiariotti, Aalborg University, Denmark

B: CREATING VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCES FOR SOCIAL GOOD

Professor Victoria Interrante, University of Minnesota, USA
Assistant Professor Evan Suma Rosenberg, University of Minnesota, USA

C: ROBOT MAKERS

Assistant Professor Ankur Mehta, UCLA, USA
Assistant Professor Cynthia Sung, University of Pennsylvania, USA

D: COMPLEXITY REDUCTION IN ROBOTICS

Professor Steven M. LaValle, University of Oulu, Finland
Professor Jason O’Kane, University of South Carolina, USA
Associate Professor Dylan Shell, Texas A&M University, USA

More on Workshop C: Robot Makers

The explosion of Maker spaces and rapid fabrication tools has promised to enable the easy creation of physical objects. Invented a cool, new fork-spoon combo? Now you print it out immediately. Want your lamp to turn on when you wave at it? Grab a microcontroller and a sensor, and you are good to go. All of these off-the-shelf components are readily available to the public, making engineering more accessible than ever.

But how does one figure out how to combine these different supplies into a functional device? What is the most effective path to realizing new ideas? How can we propagate this knowledge and skill to the next generation of Makers?

In this workshop, we will focus on designing, developing, debugging, and demonstrating new robots that incorporate existing and state-of-the-art rapid fabrication technologies. Students will explore the interplay between physical fabricated objects and electronics and learn how to incorporate actuation, sensing, and intelligent control into rapidly fabricated mechanisms, thus opening opportunities for Making new smart devices to enhance our everyday lives.

As part of the workshop, the instructors will outline design approaches and fabrication processes for a variety of rapid prototyping tools, including (but not limited to):

  • additive manufacturing (e.g. 3d printing),
  • planar subtractive manufacturing (e.g. laser cutting),
  • 2D-to-3D assembly,
  • microcontroller programming (e.g. Arduino),
  • off-the-shelf sensors, actuators, and other devices, and
  • free and open source software and development environments.

With this knowledge, we will tackle the following questions:

  • How can anyone ideate then create their own physical artifacts with specified properties and behaviors?
  • How can this creation be done in a technically rigorous way to maximize success while minimizing the requirements on formal engineering training?
  • What designs can we create to in turn teach fundamentals of science and engineering to grade school students?

Students will explore these questions through mini-labs and a final project, which they will present on the last day of the workshop.

This workshop would be well suited for participants from a variety of backgrounds and professional experiences, including, but not limited to, students in engineering, science, architecture, and art. It will be most beneficial to students who have some previous experience with at least one of the listed technologies and a desire to learn how to integrate it seamlessly with the others. Students will have access to the tools and machinery in the Fab Lab Oulu. They will perform basic programming tasks and draw 2D and 3D models using software provided as part of the workshop.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS TO BE ENROLLED TO THE WORKSHOP: 24
INSTRUCTORS:

Assistant Professor Ankur Mehta, UCLA, USA
Assistant Professor Cynthia Sung, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Ankur Mehta

Ankur Mehta is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCLA, and directs the Laboratory for Embedded Machines and Ubiquitous Robots (LEMUR). Pushing towards his visions of a future filled with robots, his research interests involve printable robotics, rapid design and fabrication, control algorithms and architectures, and multi-agent networks.Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, Prof. Mehta was a postdoc at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratories investigating design automation for printable robots. Before that, he conducted research as a graduate student at UC Berkeley in wireless sensor networks and systems, small autonomous aerial robots and rockets, control systems, and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). Prof. Mehta received the NSF CAREER award in 2018, and was named a Samueli Fellow in 2015. He has received best paper awards in the 2015 IEEE Robotics \& Automation Magazine and 2014 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). When not in the lab, Ankur enjoys puzzles, ultimate frisbee, board games, and social dancing.
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Cynthia Sung

Cynthia Sung is the Gabel Family Term Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) and a member of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing \& Perception (GRASP) lab at the University of Pennsylvania. She received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2016 and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in 2011. Her research interests are computational methods for design automation of robotic systems, with a particular focus on origami-inspired and compliant robots. Her work involves developing techniques for representing, modeling, simulating, and fabricating these designs. Cynthia is the recipient of a 2019 NSF CAREER award, a 2017 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award and a 2017 Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award.
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Last updated: 28.7.2020