Professor Xanthippi Markenscoff was enthusiastically received by a large group of high school girl-students from the extended Southern California area to whom she spoke about the exciting developments in technological innovations happening at UCSD and in MAE, and why women should be part of them. Her Guest Lecture on February 8 was part of the ENVISION 2014 event organized by the chapter of the Society of Women Engineers at UCSD.
Dean Pisano recently presented Thomas Bewley with the Best MAE Teaching Award for the 2013-2014 academic year.
UCSD rings up sale in toy market
Thomas Bewley, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the director of the coordinated robotics lab at UCSD, developed much of the technology that powers, balances and controls MiP, a toy robot that's being introduced by WowWee. — Howard Lipin
UC San Diego is learning that making money can be child’s play.
Two new vehicles from the UCSD Coordinated Robotics Lab debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show (Jan 7-10).
MiP is an engaging self-balancing Segway-like toy developed via a close partnership between UCSD and WowWee.
BeagleMiP is a highly-extensible linux-based educational robotics platform developed in partnership with Texas Instruments. Both will be broadly available this summer. For a thorough video interview covering both, click here.
The Symposium is the third in a series of NSF funded Symposia on Multiscale Dislocation Dynamics. The current one is in honor of Professor Michael Ortiz’ 60th birthday. The Symposia have attracted the leaders in the field and generated intense discussions and cross-fertilization. A large number of graduate students/postdocs also participated accompanying the faculty from across the country.
Congratulations to Miroslav Krstic who has been elected Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
IET is the successor of the UK Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), founded in 1871 (before the predecessor institutions of the USA's IEEE).
Senior executives and engineers from Cymer, Texas Instruments, National Instruments, ATA Engineering, WowWee, and Brain Corporation were honored on Dec 5 at the culmination of MAE’s newly-revamped Embedded Control & Robotics course, MAE143c. Design and robotics are major growth areas for MAE, and this momentum was evident and accelerated at this event. To view the event, click here.
Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for one of the Association’s most prestigious honors, elevation to IEEE Fellow. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation.
for contributions to geometric control, nonsmooth dynamical systems, and distributed control of multi-agent systems
for contributions to optimal control and estimation in nonlinear systems
The project, called WIFIRE, starts October 1 and is funded under a three-year grant worth approximately $2.65 million. Participants include researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology’s (Calit2) Qualcomm Institute, and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department at the university’s Jacobs School of Engineering.
The SkySweeper robot, designed by Nick Morozovsky in the UCSD Coordinated Robotics Lab, has won a “Best of What’s New” award in Popular Science. Skysweeper is a simple V-shaped robotic design for power line inspection tasks. It has a motor-driven “elbow” in the middle, and "hands" equipped with clamps that open and close to move down a line in an inchworm motion.
MAE143c’s build-your-own-linux-based-MIP (Mobile Inverted Pendulum), together with its creators PhD student James Strawson and Prof Thomas Bewley, are featured in a new Cymer commercial, available here