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This article is from the Robotics FAQ, by Kevin Dowling nivek@cs.cmu.edu with numerous contributions by others.

32 Graduate Programs in Robotics part6 United States: University ofSouthern California (USC)

USC has a new MS Program called: Master of Science in Computer Science
with specialization in Robotics & Automation

This Master of Science program prepares graduates for the future of
manufacturing engineering. Emphasized areas include manufacturing as
an international enterprise, and information engineering, with
concentrations in specialties including multimedia, CAD for rapid
prototyping, electronic packaging, magnetic recording, and
manufacturing management. Classroom teaching is transferred into a
practical format and weekly seminars. A nine month internship is a key
part of the practical track for this Program. Students have been
placed in internships with companies such as Sony, Hewlett-Packard,
Qualcomm, Alcoa Electronic Packaging, Kyocera America, Maxtor
Corporation, Spectragraphics, StorageTek, and Valor Electronics.

Financial aid is available. Preferential assistance will be given to
displaced defense industry professionals.

For information on applying to the Program, or accessing an intern for
your company, e-mail [103]PAM@ece.ucsd.edu or contact Vivian Shinmoto
at 619-534-7398. MS program seeks to prepare students for a career in
the application of Computer Science to design, manufacturing, and
robotics. It also serves as an introduction to this area for students
who wish to pursue advanced studies and research leading to a Ph.D. A
major goal is to produce a steady stream of graduates who are
qualified to tackle challenging problems in the development of
software for CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing) and
robotics.

There is a strong focus on designing and building within the program
Exposure to the practical aspects (and difficulties) of robotics and
automation is strongly encouraged through laboratory work, and an
optional thesis, conducted in collaboration with industry and research
laboratories.

See also [104]http://cwis.usc.edu/dept/robotics/home.html

For additional information, a complete set of degree requirements, and
application materials, contact our Student Coordinator:

Ms. Amy Yung
Computer Science Department
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0781
tel: 213.740.4499
net:

"Faculty"
* George Bekey
Assembly planning, design for assembly, neural nets for robot
control, autonomous robots.
* Ken Goldberg
Motion planning, grasping, machine learning.
* Sukhan Lee
Assembly planning, sensor-based manipulation.
* Gerard Medioni
Computer vision.
* Ramakant Nevatia
Computer vision.
* Keith Price
Computer vision.
* Aristides Requicha
Geometric modeling, geometric uncertainty, planning for
manufacture and inspection

About twenty other faculty member associated with the Institute for
Robotics and Intelligent Systems and many others associated with USC's
Information Sciences Institute (ISI).

A Brochure can be obtained from:

Ken Goldberg, Asst Professor
IRIS, Dept of Computer Science
Powell Hall Room 204
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0273
Internet: goldberg@usc.edu

6.1 Graduate Programs in Robotics part6 United States: University of
Maryland

"Faculty"
* Dave Akin
Director, Space Systems Laboratory.

Facilties include a large neutral bouyancy tank, and a number of
free-flying teleoperators used underwater in the NBT. Much
teleoperations research. Dave has flown shuttle experiments and his
research is in the areas of teleoperation, control, man-machine
interaction and is one of the very few in the robotics community to
fly hardware in space.

6.1 Graduate Programs in Robotics part6 United States: University of
Notre Dame

South Bend, Indiana

The Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the
University of Notre Dame offers several courses which are directed
toward an fundamental understanding of the mechanics, kinematics,
estimation and control theory, and computer programming which are
important considerations in the design of robotic systems. Of special
interest is a novel approach for achieving robust and precise
vision-based control of manipulators - "camera-space manipulation".
Doctoral recipients >from this program are teaching and doing research
in tenure-track positions at US universities. For more information,
see, on the World-Wide Web: [105]Skaar Home.html [106]AME
HomePage.html or contact Prof. Steven B. Skaar, Director of Graduate
Studies, [107]steven.b.skaar.1@ND.EDU Research in Vision-Based
Robotics Using Estimation

The multimedia monograph discusses recent experimental and theoretical
work conducted at the University of Notre Dame aimed at using methods
of estimation to achieve accurate, robust and reliable vision-based
guidance of various kinds of mechanisms, including typical holonomic
robots, fork-lifts and other vehicles. The monograph is divided into
two parts: Part 1 discusses the method of "camera-space manipulation"
and is in the early stages of development. Part 2 discusses
vision-based navigation of a vehicle. Both parts include several
QuickTime movie illustrations of existing experiments, and part 2
includes 3-D animations for illustration of principles.

6.1 Graduate Programs in Robotics part6 United States: The
University of Texas at Arlington

F.L. Lewis
Automation and Robotics Research Institute
University of Texas at Arlington
7300 Jack Newell Blvd S
Ft. Worth, TX 76118
tel: 817.794.5972
fax: 817.794.5952

UT Arlington is located in the heart of the Dallas / Ft. Worth
metroplex. The EE department current has 33 faculty and the CSE
department has 20 faculty. Participating students will also be able to
conduct research at the Automation and Robotics Research Institute
located in Ft. Worth.

6.1 Graduate Programs in Robotics part6 United States: University of
Wisconsin-Madison

"Mechanical Engineering & Electrical Engineering"
"Faculty"
* Roland Chin
machine vision, pattern recognition
* Neil Duffie
teleoperation, autonomous systems, sensors
* Robert Lorenz
actuators and sensors, robot control algorithms
* Vladimir Lumelsky
motion planning, real-time sensing and navigation

"Computer Science:"
* Charles Dyer
machine vision

"Wisconsin Center for Space Robotics and Automation (WCSAR)"
Interdepartmental NASA center: work is done on various applications of
robotic systems for space.

 

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