Celebrate National Robotics Week with the Robotics Club at UCF

National Robotics Week

To celebrate National Robotics Week, the Robotics Club at UCF will be hosting a demonstration of the new platforms and technologies they have been working on this academic year. The club has a long history of success developing the next generation of robotics engineers and professionals. This year the club plans to compete at three international events that include colleges and universities from across the globe.

Please join us Friday, April 10, 2015 from 11-2 between the Partnership II and III buildings to get a glimpse of the new platforms and designs for the ground, boat, and submarine robots the students are preparing for competition this summer. For more details, download the event flyer.

Beth Phillips, Nerd Nite's Selected Speaker

Beth Phillips

Doctoral candidate, Beth Phillips, has been invited to speak at a national event about an area of research that was an outgrowth of her involvement with the RCTA (Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance) project. Beth recently gave a presentation on the future of human relationships with robots and robotic technologies for a community event called Nerd Nite, Orlando. Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in 80 cities globally, in which speakers give fun and informative presentations on interesting topics in science and technology to community audiences, with the goal of disseminating recent developments in science and tech to broad audiences. Now, Nerd Nite is teaming up with The Smithsonian for an event called "The future is here: Science meets science-fiction, imagination, inspiration, and invention." Beth's talk was selected to represent the Orlando chapter of Nerd Nite as one of only 10 invited presentations for the event. She will be giving this talk at The Smithsonian in DC in May.

Congratulations Lt. Joe Mercado

Marcado Oath in Office

Congratulations to Dr. Joe Mercado on his recent commission as an officer in the United States Navy. Joe is a 2014 graduate of the Modeling and Simulation Doctoral Program under the direction of Drs. Lauren Reinerman-Jones and Peter Hancock. He has worked on Dr. Reinerman-Jones' team for the past 3.5 years at the Institute for Simulation and Training where he completed his dissertation on sponsored work for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission informing regulation policy. Simultaneously, he has held positions at the United States Army Research Institute and Army Research Laboratory. He will be relocating to Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

FLORIDA TODAY Highlights Use of Laser Scan to Preserve Glass Bank

FLORIDA TODAY Highlights Use of Laser Scan to Preserve Glass Bank

FLORIDA TODAY covered Lori Walters' efforts to preserve the Glass Bank that is now being demolished in Cocoa Beach with the use of a three-dimensional laser scan model. While the outside of the building has already been scanned, Lori is now working to find photographs people may have of the inside of the building so she can recreate how the building looked in the 1960s before additional modifications were made. For more about the project and Lori's efforts, read the article in FLORIDA TODAY.

WFTV also covered the demolition and use of the laser scan efforts to preserve the building.

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