Author: Deirdre O. Keating

Mines Professor Receives NSF Career Award

Colorado School of Mines Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Xiaoli Zhang received an NSF CAREER Award for her project on human-robot interaction teleoperations. “My work is focused on how humans and robots collaborate, especially in teleoperations, where the human and the robot are not in the same location,” said Zhang. Normally the user operates a keyboard, a mouse or a joystick to remotely control the robot. Teleoperations involves several challenges, such as the indirect visualization and manipulation, as well as the discrepancy between the robotic grip and the device being used to manipulate it. Zhang explained, “Even using a data...

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Mines Team Designs, Builds, and Flies at AIAA Competition

Each August, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) releases the new challenge for that year’s Design/Build/Fly competition, in which students design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight capabilities of a radio-controlled aircraft. This year, a group of Mines students was selected from 143 applicants as one of the 93 competing teams. The 18-student team, called BurroWorks, progressed through various stages to participate in the final competition in Wichita, Kansas, on April 15-17, 2016. Using the computer-modeling program SolidWorks, the students designed two planes: one with a 60-inch wingspan made of carbon fiber and one with a 50-inch wingspan fabricated from foam. Teams were judged on the design, manufacturing, and...

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