Students from Next Generation Systems and the University of Texas Arlington Research Institute presented projects and recent work with three robotics systems at the 3rd Annual Connecting Education with Industry held on October 29th in Fort Worth, Texas.  The systems are used in research and student competitions including work regarding autonomous outdoor navigation, human-robot interaction and prosthetics research and an ongoing project at UNT-Health Science to help diagnose and treat Autism.  Local education leaders and industry representatives, including representatives from the Arlington and Fort Worth Chambers of Commerce and Superintendents from the Northwest, Lewisville and Eagle Mountain Saginaw Independent School Districts, spoke about building partnerships to help advance career paths for the future workforce at the Hollenstein Career and Technology Center.  The students, Joe Sanford, Abhishek Thakurdesai, and Rommel Alonzo, discussed the KUKA youBot, Zeno and Marauder robots.  The KUKA youBot and Zeno robot pictured below, are used in conjunction with a NSF grant funded research and in a collaborative project with UNT-Health Science Center, respectively.  The Marauder mobile platform was developed by a student led team competing in an Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition whose goal is to further autonomous ground vehicle research.

Joe Sanford

Joe Sanford (left) by the KUKA youBot, Abhishek Thakurdesai (Center) by the Zeno Robot, and Rommel Alonzo present at the 3rd Annual Connecting Education with Industry even held on October 29th. The Marauder IGVC competition robot is in the foreground


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