Robotics & Automation Laboratory
Long Beach Public Safety Building
|The Robotics and Automation Laboratory at the CSULB
College of Engineering is an instructional and research laboratory. The
laboratory uses instructional robots such as RHINO five axis robotic
manipulators, LEGO Mindstorm robots, and Basic Stamp-based Boe-Bots from
Parallax Corp. Robots are programmed in C, C++, Visual Basic and PBasic. The
laboratory also uses an ER1 robot by Evolution Robotics with 1MHz P4
processor on-board for autonomous movements and for integration of machine
vision with other sensor signals. In addition, students in the
laboratory work on designing, manufacturing and testing robots for
participation in robot battle competitions. Robotic activities at CSULB are
sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Northrop-Grumman Corp.,
Electronic Data Systems (EDS), local industry, and by the CSULB College of
The Long Beach Public Safety Building Facility is located in downtown Long Beach, CA. and it is currently undergoing a $30 M seismic retrofit. Part of the retrofit project is the instrumentation of the building with sensors and data acquisition systems to monitor the structural response and changes in the structural parameters. The sensors that are currently being installed on the building include: strong motion accelerometers, strain gages, fiber optic strain measurements, acoustic emission sensors, and laser-based displacement measurements.
STEER Research Activities:
Activity 1: Design and Manufacture of a Robot
for Participation in a Robot Battle
This is the continuation of a yearlong project, sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the CSULB, and high tech industry such as Northrop-Grumman, and Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Participants interested in this project can work on one of the following components:
The knowledge gained from this activity will have a great impact on the high school as well as community college mathematics and physics education.
Activity 2: Structural Health Monitoring of the Long
Beach Public Safety Building
The participants who are interested in this program will work on one or more aspects of sensor characteristics, data acquisition, data processing, and data analysis. Software packages used include LabVIEW and MATLAB to facilitate the data acquisition, processing, and analysis. Experience earned in this area will assist development and modification of existing science courses offered at high schools and community colleges.