April 21: Student Presentations on SouthEastcon
- March 24, 2011 in Roanoke. See
Report on the Design and Performance of Robot Entries
2011 Region 3 Student Hardware Contest
by Members of the Virginia Tech and Virginia Military
Every year IEEE Region 3 holds the Region 3 Student Conference
in conjunction with SoutheastCon and the Region 3 Executive
Committee meetings. One of the highlights of the student
conference is the hardware contest, which is typically
a robotics challenge.
This year the challenge consisted of a search and rescue
mission, where robots had to autonomously search for "victims"
of a disaster and identify their state of being: alive,
dead, unconscious, etc. The victims were represented by
plastic cylinders with blinking LEDs. The disaster area
consisted of the floor-plan of a house with rooms and
obstacles. Once a victim was identified, the robot had
to verbally announce the condition of the victim represented
by the LED. Points were granted for properly locating
victims and also for locating a hazard represented by
a magnetic field.
Virginia Tech and Virginia Military Institute teams will
present their robot designs, strategies, and the performance
of their robots at the contest.
The Virginia Tech Team
Asiri (team captain) is a senior from Saudi
Arabia. After graduation, he plans to work in the embedded
design field and become a project manager in a computers
Hartman is a sophomore from Virginia. After
graduation he plans to enter the computer engineering
field while focusing on hardware-software interaction
and low-level software.
Clark is a junior from Virginia. His post-graduate
plans are to get an electrical engineering position near
home and to eventually work with electrical power systems
Waxler is a junior from California. After
graduation, he plans to work in industry.
James Bishop is a junior from Virginia
His post-graduate plans are to work in industry.
to VT presentation
Virginia Military Institute Team
Kang is a senior from Virginia. After graduation,
he plans to commission in the Army National Guard and
seek employment with a defense contractor or with the
Robison is a senior from California. After
graduation, he plans to serve in the United States Navy
and to attend the Naval Post-Graduate School.
Woloshuk is a senior. He plans to seek
employment in the computer field after graduation.