April 2010 Section Meeting Information

The UC Robotics Team

DATE: Thursday, April 22, 2010
PLACE : Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)
TIME : 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. –  Social Time
            6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. –  Dinner
            7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. –  Presentation
COST FOR DINNER: $10.00 per person – Regardless of Membership or Membership Grade!

NOTE:  DINNERS ARE ALWAYS OPTIONAL – YOU MAY ATTEND THE PROGRAM ONLY. 

MENU SELECTIONS:   Asparagus Spears in a fresh cream sauce served on toast points, Hot Sliced Roast Beef in Gravy, Parmesan Chicken Breast, Zucchini Carrot Dressing, Buttered Noodles, Sautéed Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Dinner Rolls and Butter.  There is also a bar available for the purchase of alcoholic drinks.

LOCATION:  Raffel’s is located at 10160 Reading Road, south of Glendale-Milford Road on the east side of Reading. Take I-75 to the Glendale-Milford Rd. Exit, go east on Glendale-Milford Road approximately ¾ of a mile to Reading Rd. and turn right on Reading.

RESERVATIONS:  Please email Fred Nadeau for reservations at Reservations@ieeeCincinnati.org (preferred) or call the Section Voice Mail at 513-629-9380 by Noon, Tuesday, April 20, 2010 if you plan to attend. Please leave your Name, IEEE Member Number, and a daytime telephone number.

PE CREDITS: Depending on the subject matter, attendance at IEEE Cincinnati Section Meetings now qualifies the attendee for Professional Development Hours towards renewal of Professional Engineers Licenses. Required documentation will be available following the meeting!  The Section Meetings also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow engineers in the area.

ABOUT THE MEETING:  The Robotics Team of the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Sciences will be competing in two events this year: the 18th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition and the 7th Annual ION Robot Lawn Mower Competition.  Mark McCrate, a graduate student studying Mechanical Engineering, and Josh Casey, a senior studying Computer Science, will give a presentation about the Robotics Team and their entries in the two competitions.  Hardware related topics will include building the robot, design iterations, laser scanners, stereo vision, GPS, and E-Stop designs.  Software related topics will include Kalman filtering, cell decomposition, dynamic obstacle avoidance, path planning and computer interfacing.  Depending on time constraints, other team/club activities and projects will be presented as well.  Your questions are welcomed during this highly interactive presentation. 

Note: the Section has provided $250 towards the UC Foundation Urban Challenge Fund which helps fund the activities of the Robotics Team.