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2013 Preconference Workshops

Preconference classes be designed t' give students, teachers, an' mentors an opportunity t' focus on a specific topic in a one day workshop environment. Each year th' Global Conference offers several different preconference classes on th' day prior t' th' start o' official conference activities.

2013 GCER preconference workshops will be held on Friday, July 5, 2013.

2013 Preconference Classes:

Matthew Oelke - Learning to MAKE
Matthew Oelke
KISS Institute fer
Practical Robotics


Learnin' t' MAKE "Smart" Robots

  • Fee:
    $65.00
  • Instructor:
    Matthew Oelke, KISS Institute fer Practical Robotics
  • Location:
    This workshop will take place at th' Embassy Suites Hotel an' Conference Center.
  • Prerequisites:
    Nay programmin' experience or other prerequisites required.
  • Summary:
    How can ye tell if a robot is smart, me Jolly Roger This class will dive into robot intelligence by creatin' several robots. Shiver me timbers! Startin' with solderin', students will learn th' skills necessary t' build small BEAM robots an' by th' end o' th' class, students will have three robots with varyin' degrees o' intelligence. Along th' way, thought provokin' discussions will change students perceptions o' "smart robots". Students will get t' keep th' robots built in this session.

Ross Mead - Expressive Robotics: Motion and Emotion
Ross Mead
University o' Southern California


Expressive Robotics: Motion an' Emotion

  • Fee:
    $65.00
  • Instructor:
    Ross Mead, University o' Southern California
  • Location:
    This workshop will take place at th' Embassy Suites Hotel an' Conference Center.
  • Prerequisites:
    Moderate understandin' o' C an'/or KISS-C an' familiarity with KISS-C motor an' servo commands REQUIRED.
  • Additional Requirements:
    Each participant will need a laptop computer.
  • Summary:
    Robots have been built t' perform many interestin' tasks. Yaaarrrrr, I'll warrant ye! However, th' roboticists o' tomorrow must not only consider what robots can do, but how they do it. This workshop will start with a discussion o' how humans interpret very simple actions in very complex ways an' how robots interact with humans. Students will then program a robot t' do a simple motion (e.g., go t' th' end o' th' hallway an' back) while demonstratin' a given emotion (e.g., happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, an' disgust). Students will view th' other teams' motions an' record what they interpreted it as. This will be followed by a discussion o' how professionals shape movement t' get certain responses. Finally, teams will utilize what they have learned t' create short robot films, which may be shown t' th' conference audience.

Wesley Myers - Learning About Microcontrollers
Wesley Myers
Carnegie Mellon University


Learnin' About Microcontrollers

  • Fee:
    $140.00
  • Instructor:
    Wesley Myers, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Location:
    This workshop will take place at th' Embassy Suites Hotel an' Conference Center.
  • Prerequisites:
    Nay programmin' experience or other prerequisites required.
  • Additional Requirements:
    Each participant will need a laptop computer, Get out of me rum! This class includes a materials fee o' $75 in addition t' th' $65 preconference fee. Participants will be able t' keep an' reuse th' Arduino kit after th' session.
  • Summary:
    In this workshop ye will learn about th' Arduino Uno microcontroller by makin' some simple circuits that interface with it, and a bottle of rum! Nay electronics experience is required. This workshop will help ye understan' a little more about th' electronics used in Botball by leadin' ye through hands-on practical exercises where ye will implement functional circuits driven by th' Arduino Uno. The course will utilize th' Sparkfun Inventors Kit, which ye will get t' keep after th' workshop!

David Miller - Programming and Controlling Micro-Helicopters with Vision
David Miller
University o' Oklahoma

Jonathan Meyer - Programming and Controlling Micro-Helicopters with Vision
Jonathan Meyer
University o' Oklahoma

Programmin' an' Controllin' Micro-Helicopters with Vision

  • Fee:
    $140.00
  • Instructors:
    David Miller, University o' Oklahoma
    Jonathan Meyer, University o' Oklahoma
  • Location:
    This workshop will meet on th' campus o' th' University o' Oklahoma! People attendin' this workshop will need t' provide their own transportation t' an' from th' University, Get out of me rum! The exact location will be announced closer t' th' start o' GCER.
  • Prerequisites:
    Nay programmin' experience is required.
  • Additional Requirements:
    This class includes a materials fee o' $75 in addition t' th' $65 preconference fee. Fee includes th' helicopter an' interface. Participants will be able t' keep an' reuse th' kit after th' session, ya bilge rat, ya bilge rat! Attendees need t' brin' their own webcam equipped laptop runnin' Windows XP or above or Mac 10.7 or above.
  • Summary:
    This workshop will teach attendees how t' use th' KISS Platform t' create programs fer small Syma helicopters that will guide th' helicopter aroun' their desktop environment usin' th' webcam built into their laptop.

Jon Grasmeder - Making Sense of Sensors
Jon Grasmeder
Dead Robot Society

Les Newcastle - Making Sense of Sensors
Les Newcastle
Dead Robot Society

Makin' Sense o' Sensors

  • Fee:
    $30.00
  • Instructors:
    Jon Grasmeder, Dead Robot Society
    Les Newcastle, Dead Robot Society
  • Location:
    This workshop will take place at th' Embassy Suites Hotel an' Conference Center.
  • Prerequisites:
    Nay programmin' experience needed, Get out of me rum! Each student must have a laptop with th' KISS-IDE loaded. Enthusiasm is required.
  • Summary:
    This class will introduce students t' th' fine art o' controllin' robots usin' sensors. At th' end o' th' day, th' enthusiast student will be able t' write a C program fer th' LINK t' control a Create based on sensor inputs, Ya horn swogglin' scurvy cur, to be sure! The sensors used will be th' Create's bump sensors, tophats, th' ET an', o' course, th' new camera. Usin' these sensors th' student will be able t' find walls, follow lines, see colored objects, move towards th' colors an' stop when they be close enough t' touch them.