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ND-NRW 2013

Exhibitors from the 2013 ND-NRW Event


Robotics, Health, and Communication Lab

RHC-2 Robot interacting with visitorThe Robotics, Health, and Communication (RHC) Lab researches how to build robots capable of dealing with the human social world, particularly within health care environments. We work in the field of human-robot interaction, and design autonomous robot behaviors that enable safe and effective collaboration with people. 

2013 demonstrations included some of the technology we are working on to: (1) automatically detect pain in the face and synthesize it on an android robot, and (2) teach robots how to recognize social context. We will also be demonstrating an R2-D2 joke-telling robot and a quadrocopter. 

Prof. Laurel Riek, ND Computer Science and Engineering  
e-mail: lriek@nd.edu

Website: http://www3.nd.edu/~rhclab/



Autonomous Mobile Robots & Product Design I Class Projects

Dance Robot demonstrationStudents from a Notre Dame robotics class and design class will demonstrate their collaborative projects – mobile robots that autonomously will interact with you in a fun and engaging way. 2013's projects included: Dj-Rob and the Funky Bunch (a DJ robot dance game), an Angry Birds Robot Game, a Star Wars Candy Land game, and Rover the robot-dog, a Frisbee catching robot.

Prof. Laurel Riek, ND Computer Science and Engineering  |  e-mail: lriek@nd.edu

Prof. Paul Down, ND Art, Art History, and Design  |  e-mail: Paul.A.Down.1@nd.edu



Notre Dame Robotic Football Team

Robot launching footballWe exhibit players from the Robotic Football team at the University of Notre Dame. Each player's (robot's) motion is controlled by a wireless Xbox Controller. The robots use ultrasonic and infrared emitters and detectors to "see" where their other teammates are. In particular, the Quarterback has to know where the Receivers are so it can know where to throw the ball. Also, the Quarterback and Center have to know where each are so they can make the "snap" without fumbling the ball. Without these sensors it would be almost impossible for the robots (players) to do anything. The players use Arduino microcontrollers to tell them how to move and what to do. The microcontroller is its brains.

Prof. Michael Stansic, ND Mechanical Engineering  |  e-mail: stanisic@nd.edu



Locomotion And Biomechanics Laboratory

Robot playing soccer with visitors
The Locomotion and Biomechanics Lab (Lab^2) conducts research in walking robots and robot-assisted rehabilitation. Our locomotion work aims to better understand how to make robots walk and run efficiently and then to translate that knowledge into technology to help people with locomotion challenges (amputees, individuals with spinal cord injuries, etc.). Our rehabilitation work seeks to optimize the use of robots in helping stroke patients recover in terms of motor control. At the 2013 event, we demonstrated the small walking biped robot DARwin that can play soccer and a table-top robot used for arm rehabilitation in clinics around the country.

Prof. Jim Schmiedeler, ND Mechanical Engineering | e-mail: schmiedeler.4@nd.edu



Gaming Peripherals for Low-Cost Rehabilitation

Demonstration to familyWe explore how the gaming peripherals associated with today's gaming systems can be repurposed for medical monitoring purposes.  Whether it is Microsoft Kinect, the Wii Balance Board, or new devices such as the Leap Motion, our goal is to improve the quality of the information available in real-time to the doctor or therapist.  At the 2013 event, we showed off our WeHab software in addition to various displays demonstrating the raw capabilities of Kinect and the Leap Motion motion capture devices.

Prof. Aaron Striegel, ND Computer Science and Engineering  
e-mail: striegel@nd.edu



eMotion and eCognition Lab

Robot performing for visitorsWe use a small, human-like robot called Nao in our research on how people interact and think about robots.  Our demo shows you the capabilities of the very cool little robot.  You will be able to make it say and do things.

Prof. Charles R. Crowell, ND Psychology Department
e-mail: ccrowell@gmail.com

Prof. Michael Villano, ND Psychology Department
e-mail: Michael.A.Villano.4@nd.edu

Website: emotecog.nd.edu



F.U.N. Lab

Demonstration to young visitorWe use the Nao robot system in our therapy sessions for children with Autism.  In the 2013 demo, we will be showing the NAO-Base, which is an online database of movements that have been created for the robot.

Prof. Joshua J. Diehl, ND Psychology Department  |  e-mail: joshua.diehl@nd.edu

Website: http://funlab.nd.edu/



Emotive Interfaces Lab

The Emotive Computing Lab at Notre Dame researches how emotions interact with mental tasks like reading, learning, and problem solving. We experiment with computerized teaching systems that respond to the emotions of users to provide a better user experience and increase the amount of learning students achieve. At the 2013 event, we demonstrated a computer vision system that detects particular facial movements that are often indicative of emotion.

Prof. Sidney D’Mello, ND Computer Science and Engineering  |  e-mail: Sidney.K.D’Mello.2@nd.edu



Computer Vision Research Lab

Wide shot of NDNRW areaComputer Vision Research Lab (CVRL) performs research related to computer vision and biometrics. The goal of the lab is to analyze the performance of current biometric technologies and, in particular, iris and face recognition. One project under active development in the lab is the detection of heart rate from standard video of an individuals face. At the 2013 event, we demonstrated this technology live using a standard webcam. The application tracks your face and tell you your heart rate in real time.

Prof. Kevin Bowyer, ND Computer Science and Engineering  |  e-mail: mpruitt@nd.edu

Prof. Pat Flynn, ND Computer Science and Engineering  |  e-mail: flynn@nd.edu

Website: cvrl.nd.edu



i-Robotics Team, Robinson Community Learning Center

As a part of their community outreach, the University of Notre Dame supports a learning center aimed at reaching at risk youth in the neighborhoods adjacent to campus.  The Robinson Community Learning Center provides a host of programs designed to engage, challenge and stimulate young minds.  Lego Robotics is one such program.  Lego Robotics is part of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization that aims to motivate students (ages 10 – 15) to pursue science and technology.  I-Robotics has two seasons, Club and Competition.  We are currently in the middle of our Club season and there are 17 students participating.  We look forward to sharing our research ideas and demonstrating what our robot can accomplish during the National Robotics Week event.

Dr. G. David Moss, Robinson Learning Center  |  e-mail: gmoss@nd.edu



Robots See, Speak, and Listen

Kinect Demonstration areaWe use our eyes, mouth, and ears to figure out what is going on in our world and tell others about it. Robots also need to look around and tell other robots what's going on. At this exhibit we demonstrate some methods that robots can use to perceive their world, talk to others about it, and think about it.

Prof. Scott Howard, ND Electrical Engineering Department  
e-mail: Scott.S.Howard.48@nd.edu



Notre Dame Engineering

Engineers are key players in developing robots and robotics technology. But they are also responsible for many other things that affect people’s lives every day. For example, engineers design and build things … from bridges and roads to roller coasters and space shuttles. They help clean bacteria out of drinking water and deliver cancer-fighting drugs to the exact position of a tumor, so healthy tissue won’t be damaged.

Engineers develop new materials so planes are lighter and need less fuel to operate. They create things like nanoparticles that can be used in medicine or in solar powered paint. They attack the greatest challenges the world faces in order to solve global problems and make a difference for the future.

To find out more about engineering at Notre Dame, visit engineering.nd.edu