2012 Activities

Botball Educator Workshop

The Florida botball educator workshop was held on January 20 and 21 in the hardware lab (2202) of School of Computing at UNF. There are nine teams participating this year. The nine teams are

The 2-day educator workshop was organized and delivered by Dr. Charles Winton, the co-chair of KIPR’s Technical Advisory Board. Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan assisted teams alongside Dr. Winton’s lectures. On the first day of the workshop, Dr. Winton taught the teams how to write C programs to control the robot. He also explained the process of calibration and mechanics of the hardware and the functionalities of different sensors. Each team was given several tasks to practice. At the end of the day, teams completed their demo bots which were able to move straight, turn 90 degrees, and stop when they hit a wall.

photos taken by Ching-Hua Chuan.

The second day started with the “line following” task and teams were given more advanced tasks to work on. An important topic of Day 2 is discussing this year's game. Dr. Winton explained the game board, settings, rules, game strategies, and how scores are calculated. All teams immediately started building their game plans.

The Florida tournament is going to be held on March 10th at UNF. For more information, check out the botball website.

Joe Berg Seminar

Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan was invited to speak for the Joe Berg seminar on January 24. The seminar was held in the Museum of Science and History at 7:00pm. There were approximately 80 high school students attended. The title of Dr. Chuan’s talk was “Computational Music Research: how Mathematics and AI is now part of your everyday musical experiences.” Dr. Chuan talked about her projects on Computational Music Research and described how to apply Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence to music analysis and composition. She also presented the student’s projects that she has advised, including

At the end of the talk, Dr. Chuan described other research activities in the School of Computing (SoC) at UNF. She demonstrated a botball robot for line following. Participants were given the information of SoC website and were invited to visit the school.

photos taken by Felipe X. Aspillaga.