Elizabethtown College, EGR/CS 434

Green Robotics, Automation, and Machine Intelligence

Fall, 2017; Updates & Clarifications: 9/2/17, 10/24/17, 11/5/17


Cutting-edge innovations in robotics, automation, and machine intelligence (cognitive computing) that result in the most environmentally-friendly and humanity-sensitive use of technology and resources to manufacture products or aid humans. Various forms of machine intelligence including Symbolic AI which uses programmed rules, heuristics, and forms of knowledge representation; and artificial neural networks which are connectionist computer architectures (hardware or software), using a type of machine learning, where many computational nodes are connected to solve problems requiring rapid adaptation, or where governing equations are not known or cannot be easily computed. Mobile-robot and robotic-arm theory, applications, simulations, real-time control, and path-planning strategies are included. Human Computer Interactions (HCI) will also be discussed. Prerequisites: CS121, MA121.  Fall semester, odd-numbered years



 Joseph T Wunderlich PhD

    Program Coordinator for Computer Engineering Major, and Architectural Studies Minor

    Director of the Robotics and Machine Intelligence Lab (also known as The Design & Technology-Transfer Studio)

Offices: E284E and E273  Office Phone: 717-361-1295   Cell Phone: 717-368-9715
wunderjt@etown.edu    Website: http://users.etown.edu/w/wunderjt

Office Hours: http://users.etown.edu/w/wunderjt/schedules/CALENDAR3_f17_web.htm


MEETING TIMES (for 4 contact hours = 200 minutes)

Course Credit & Contact Hours = 4&4, so we should average 200 minutes per week for 4 contact hours (50 minutes per contact hour);

However, we are scheduled MWF 3:30-4:50pm (= 240 minutes). Therefore we meet in E273:

 MW 3:30 – 4:20pm, and F3:30 - 4:50pm+ for the first seven weeks, then MF 3:30 – 4:50pm+.   Plus at least three events outside normal class times.



·    First-year graduate-school-level understanding of Machine Intelligence

·    First-year graduate-school-level understanding of Robotic Arm Design

·    First-year graduate-school-level understanding of Mobile Robot Design

·    Understanding various High-Tech Green Applications

·    Understanding Human Computer Interactions (HCI)

·    Understanding Ethical Issues

·    ABET (Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology) requires all engineering programs to cover:

(ABET-a): An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

(ABET-b): An ability to design and construct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

(ABET-c): An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.

(ABET-d): An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

(ABET-e): Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(ABET-f):  An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(ABET-g): Communicate effectively orally and in writing

(ABET-h): A broad education necessary to understand impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context

(ABET-i): A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning  

(ABET-j): A knowledge of contemporary issues

(ABET-k): An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

This course contributes as follows:























5 = Very strong support of ABET Program Outcome  4 = Strong support of ABET Program Outcome

3 = Moderate support of ABET Program Outcome  2 = Weak support of ABET Program Outcome  1 = Little or no support of ABET Program Outcome

GRADING (due-dates announced in class)

20%  Weekly homework reading-quizzes

10%  Semester Design Proposal Progress

35%  Semester Design Paper (17.5%), and YouTube video (17.5%)

35%  Comprehensive Final Exam (including questions on individual project contributions)

Attendance, participation, and preparation is expected, and unexcused absences or tardiness will result in course % deduction

    Course Grade: (60-62)=D-, (63-67)=D, (68-69)=D+, (70-72)=C-, (73-77)=C, (78-79)=C+, (80-82)=B-, (83-87)=B, (88-89)=B+, (90-92)=A-, (93-100)=A
          (with any fractional part rounded to the nearest integer)

REQUIRED READINGS selected from the following (reading packet is required purchase in bookstore)

[1]       R. Siegwart and I. Nourbakhsh (2004), Autonomous mobile robots, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004. (ISBN: 026219502X)

[2]       K.. Clark, A. Stankov, R. Pappalardo, M. Blanc, R. Greeley, J.P.Lebreton (2016) , Europa Jupiter System Mission; A Joint Endeavour by ESA and NASA, NASA Report,

[3]       Anthony H. Young, (2006) Lunar and planetary rovers: the wheels of Apollo and the quest for mars Springer; 1 edition. (ISBN: 0387307745)

[4]       Paolo Ulivi and David M. Harland, Robotic exploration of the solar system: part II: hiatus and renewal, 1983-1996, Praxis; 1 edition, November 25, 2008. (ISBN: 0387789049)

[5]       S. . B. Niku, (2001), Introduction to Robotics: Analysis, Systems, Applications, Prentice Hall (ISBN: 0130613096)

[6]       R. Greenberg, (2008), Unmasking Europa: The search for life on Jupiter’s ocean moon, Springer; 1 edition. (ISBN: 0387479368)

[7]       R. Audouze (Editor), G. Israel (Editor), The Cambridge atlas of astronomy, Cambridge University Press; 3 edition, , (ISBN: 0521434386)

[8]       Website: Europa, a Continuing Story of Discovery [http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/europa/].

[9]       Website: JPL Photojournal  [http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01144].

[10]    Wunderlich, J.T. (201X). Two single-chip neurocomputer designs; one bottom-up, one top-down. (draft journal paper)

[11]    Painter J. and Wunderlich, J.T. (2008). Wunderbot IV: autonomous robot for international competition. In Proceedings of the 12th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2008, Orlando, FL: (pp. 62-67). 

[12]    Coleman, D. and Wunderlich, J.T. (2008). O3: an optimal and opportunistic path planner (with obstacle avoidance) using voronoi polygons. In Proceedings of IEEE the 10th international Workshop on Advanced Motion Control, Trento, Italy. vol. 1, (pp. 371-376). IEEE Press.

[13]    Wunderlich, J.T. (2004). Top-down vs. bottom-up neurocomputer design. In Intelligent Engineering Systems through Artificial Neural Networks, Proceedings of ANNIE 2004 International Conference, St. Louis, MO. H. Dagli (Ed.): Vol. 14. (pp. 855-866). ASME Press. ["Novel Smart Engineering System Design Award, 2nd runner-up best paper" from over 300 submissions],

[14]    Wunderlich, J.T. (2004). Simulating a robotic arm in a box: redundant kinematics, path planning, and rapid-prototyping for enclosed spaces. In Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International: Vol. 80. (pp. 301-316). San Diego, CA: Sage Publications.

[15]    Wunderlich, J.T. (2004). Design of a welding arm for unibody automobile assembly. In Proceedings of IMG04 Intelligent Manipulation and Grasping International Conference, Genova, Italy, R. Molfino (Ed.): (pp. 117-122). Genova, Italy: Grafica KC s.n.c Press.

[16]    Wunderlich, J.T. (2003). Defining the limits of machine intelligence. In Proceedings of IEEE SoutheastCon, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, [CD-ROM]. IEEE Press.  

[17]    Campos, D. and Wunderlich, J. T. (2002). Development of an interactive simulation with real-time robots for search and rescue. In Proceedings of IEEE/ASME International conference on Flexible Automation, Hiroshima, Japan: (session U-007). ASME Press.

[18]    Lister, M. and Wunderlich, J. T. (2002). Digital communications for a mobile robot. In Proceedings of IEEE SoutheastCon, Columbia, SC, [CD-ROM]. IEEE Press.  

[19]    Wunderlich, J.T. (2001). Simulation vs. real-time control; with applications to robotics and neural networks. In Proceedings of 2001 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Albuquerque, NM: (session 2793), [CD-ROM]. ASEE Publications.

[20]    Wunderlich, J.T. and Boncelet, C.G. (1996). Local optimization of redundant manipulator kinematics within constrained workspaces. In Proceedings of IEEE Int'l Conference on Robotics and Automation, Minneapolis, MN: Vol. (1). (pp. 127-132). IEEE Press. 

[21]    Wunderlich, J.T. (1996). Optimal kinematic design of redundant and hyper-redundant manipulators for constrained workspaces. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Delaware.  

[22]    Wunderlich, J.T., S. Chen, D. Pino, and T. Rahman (1993). Software architecture for a kinematically dissimilar master-slave telerobot. In Proceedings of SPIE Int'l Conference on Telemanipulator Technology and Space Telerobotics, Boston, MA: Vol. (2057). (pp. 187-198). SPIE Press.  

[23]    Wunderlich, J.T., and Elias, J. (1993). Design of an artificial dendritic tree VLSI microprocessor. U.Del. research report, 1993.

[24]    Wunderlich, J.T. (1992). A vector-register neural-network microprocessor with on-chip learning. Masters Thesis, Pennsylvania State University.

[25]    Wunderlich, J.T. (1999). Focusing on the blurry distinction between microprocessors and microcontrollers. In Proceedings of 1999 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Charlotte, NC: (session 3547), [CD-ROM]. ASEE Publications.

[26]    Wunderlich, J.T. (2003). Functional verification of SMP, MPP, and vector-register supercomputers through controlled randomness. In Proceedings of IEEE SoutheastCon, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, M. Curtis (Ed.): (pp. 117-122). IEEE Press.

[27]    Wunderlich, J.T. (1997). Random number generator macros for the system assurance kernel product assurance macro interface. Systems Programmer's User Manual for IBM S/390 Systems Architecture Verification, Poughkeepsie, NY.

[28]    Patterson, R.L.. and Hammoud, Ahmad. (2004) Reliability of Electronics for Cryogenic Space Applications Being Assessed. NASA Research and Technology 2004.

[29]    Pappalardo, R.T. (2006). Europa: processes and habitability (presentation). Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

[30]     Henderson, S., Shreshtha, S., Wunderlich, J.T. (2004). A high speed AUV test platform (submitted to military conference).

[31]     Painter, J. G. (2008). Vision system for Wunderbot IV autonomous robot. Elizabethtown College research report.

[32]     Crouse, J. (2008). The joint architecture for unmanned systems: a subsystem of the wunderbot 4. Elizabethtown College research report.

[33]     Painter, J. G., Coleman, D.,  Crouse, J., Yorgey, C., and Wunderlich, J.T. (2008) Wunderbot 4 IGVC report. Judged and published on-line by IGVC.

[34]     Boeing Company and NASA (1971) LRV operations handbook. Document LS006-002-2H.

[35]     Boeing Company and NASA (1971) LRV operations handbook. appendix A performance data. Document LS006-002-2H.

[36]     Carsen, A., Rankin, J., Fuguson, D., and Stentz, A. (2007). Global path planning on board the mars exploration rovers. In Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2007. IEEE Press.  (available at http://marstech.jpl.nasa.gov/publications/z02_0102.pdf)

[37]    Bajracharya, M., Maimone, M.W., and Helmick, D. (2008). Autonomy for mars rovers: past, present, and future. In Computer: December, 2008. (pp. 44-50). IEEE Press. (available at http://marstech.jpl.nasa.gov/publications/z02_0102.pdf )

[38]    Wunderlich, J.T. (2011).  Designing robot autonomy: how tightly should we hold the leash? The 5th Int’l Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Rome, Italy.

[39]    Byman,D., Cronin, A.K., Death from above; are drones worth it, Foreign Affairs Vol 92,no.4, , July/August, 2013.

[40]     Norbert Lechner, Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects, 2007, Wiley; 3rd edition, November 24, 2008

[41]    Wunderlich, J.T. and Wunderlich, J.J. (2013). Green architecture and environmental design using rapid-prototyping social-networking sandbox tools, followed by professional architectural software.  Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (ACSEE 2013), June 6-9, Osaka, Japan. [1 of 3 chosen from 250 for extended 45-minute “Spot-lighted” Key-note talk] TALK  PAPER

[42]    Wunderlich, J.T. and Wunderlich, J.J. (2014). Crowdsourced Architecture and Environmental Design. 2nd International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering and Technology (ICETET'2014) May 30-31,  London (United Kingdom).  TALK  PAPER

[43]    Wunderlich, J.T.(2012).Creating an engineering program in sustainable design for a U.S. liberal arts college. 6th Int’l Conf on Design Principles & Practices, Los Angeles

[44]    Wunderlich, J.T. (2013). Green robotics, automation, and machine intelligence; a new engineering course in sustainable design. International Symposium on Green Manufacturing and Applications (ISGMA 2013),  June 25-29, Oahu, Hawaii.

[45]    Ishise,T., Kimura1,T. , Osako,K. , Matsuyama,S. and Nakanishi,K (2013). Recyclability of fiber wastes as reinforcement of composite materials, International Symposium on Green Manufacturing and Applications (ISGMA 2013),  June 25-29, Oahu, Hawaii.

[46]    Negoro,T., Inoya,H., Ota,T., Yamada,K., and Hamada,H. (2013). Creation of PET bottle recycling society in small scale, International Symposium on Green Manufacturing and Applications (ISGMA 2013),  June 25-29, Oahu, Hawaii.

[47]    Negoro,T., Inoya,H., Ota,T., Yamada,K., and Hamada,H. (2013). Verification of the effect to reduction of emission of carbon dioxide by using recycled materials and dope-dyeing method, International Symposium on Green Manufacturing and Applications (ISGMA 2013),  June 25-29, Oahu, Hawaii.

[48]    Cimellaro,G.P., Reinhorn,A.M.,  and Bruneau,M.  (2013). Sustainable warehouses and industrial shed structures after 2012 earthquake in northern italy, International Symposium on Green Manufacturing and Applications (ISGMA 2013),  June 25-29, Oahu, Hawaii.

[49]    Shin,J.-H.  and Chang,S.-M. (2013). Aerodynamic design for the rotor of a savonius turbine using CFD, International Symposium on Green Manufacturing and Applications (ISGMA 2013),  June 25-29, Oahu, Hawaii.

[50]    Park,M.-W., Kim,J-K. Kang,M, Eum,K, Lee,T., Park,H--S. and Park,J.-W. (2013). Development of a process planning system for machining and assembly, International Symposium on Green Manufacturing and Applications (ISGMA 2013),  June 25-29, Oahu, Hawaii.

[51]    Nam,S.-H., Shin,J.-H. , Lee,D.-H., Baek.J-Y., and Lee1,S.W.(2013). Development of integrated shop operation system in multiple FMC environments with real-time re-scheduling architecture, International Symposium on Green Manufacturing and Applications (ISGMA 2013),  June 25-29, Oahu, Hawaii. 

[52]    Wunderlich, J.T. (1992). A vector-register neural-network microprocessor with on-chip learning; Appendix A “Machine Intelligence History (Part of Chapter 1 of a book draft) Masters Thesis, Pennsylvania State University

[53]    Wunderlich, J.T. (2009) BIGXORtest.m Backpropagation Neural Network Matlab code.

[54]    Wunderlcih, J.T. (1993) Robotics Review, talk given to robotics researchers (U.Del, U.Penn, Oxford, Cambridge), Applied Science and Engineering Lab, A.I. Dupont Hospital.

[55]    Excerpts from AI Expert Systems Texts (PART 1)

[56]    VP-Expert user manual.

[57]    Wunderlcih, J.T. (1991), VP-Expert Case Study:Doctor’s Office Answering Service”.

[58]    Wunderlcih, J.T. (1991), VP-Expert Case Study: Selecting a toy for a baby”.

[59]    Wunderlich, J.T. (2009),  PhD Course in Advanced Robotics, visiting Professor of Engineering, University of Trento, Italy.

[60]    Wunderlich, J.T. (2017) Development of Elizabethtown College Robotics & Machine Intelligence Lab, Invited talk at Phoenix Contact Edunet Conference, Vienna, Austria.

[61]    (2017): Moving Closer to Reality, IEEE Spectrum.

[62]    (2017): How Augmented Reality (AR) is changing the way we work, IEEE Spectrum.

[63]    (2017): Second Life Founders Second Act, IEEE Spectrum.

[64]    Ferrucci, D.A.(2010), Building Watson: An Overview of the DeepQA Project , AI Magazine.

[65]    Ferrucci, D.A.(2012),” Introduction to “this is watson” “,  IBM Journal of Research and Development.

[66]    VIDEO: PBS (2015) IBM Watson: Smartest machine ever built , PBS NOVA episode

[67]     Baker, Stephen (2012),  “Final Jeopardy,” Mariner Books Publishing.

[68]    Brynjolfsson , E and McAfee,A (2014), “The Second Machine Age”,  W Norton & Son Publishing.

[69]    Kelly,J.E.,and Hamm,S (2013),“Smart Machines, IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Computing,” Columbia University Press

[70]     E Salvi,E, Parimbelli,E, Basadonne,A, Viani, N (2017)  MD Anderson Breaks With IBM Watson, Raising Questions About Artificial Intelligence in Oncology”, JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

[71]    VIDEO:  Matias, J Nathan  (2017) Governing Human and Machine Behavior in an Experimenting Society  MIT PhD Dissertation Defense. Video.

[72]    Borg, Scott (2015) Cybersecurity Training Course notes, Washington DC.

[73]    VIDEO: Yorgey,M.,Starkey,L.,Vanderpool,A,  and Estrada, T (2012),  Active Solar-tracking Photovoltaic System, Elizabethtown College Senior Project Video

[74]    Wunderlich,J,T, (2017) Calculus Review for Neural Network Learning, and Robotic Jacobian Matrix elements

[75]    Excerpts from AI Expert Systems Texts  (PART 2) – Probability Theory vs. Confidence Values

[76]    IEEE Spectrum Special Report (2016), The Promise of Artificial Intelligence” and “Landing a Job in Artificial Intelligence

[77]    VIDEO: Oxford University (2016), IBM Watson discussion, Oxford University Union.

[78]    VIDEO:  IBM (2014),IBM Watson: How it Works IBM.

[79]    Niettaanmaki, P, (2015), Comparing IBM Watson to It’s Rivals University of Jyvaskyla.

[80]    Wunderlich, J.T. (2107) Lecture notes on human vs, computer vision.

LECTURES Selected from the following (additional lectures not shown)                                   Highlighted Readings will be on Final Exam










HISTORY: Association, Threshold Logic, Synaptic modification,  Hill-climbing, Perceptron, Adaline/Madilines, Linear seperability (Generalizing & Classifying), Selective awareness,  Hopfield nets, Self organizing, Neocognitron, Simulated annealing (Global Optimization), Neuron transfer functions, Boltzmann machine, Back-propagation/generalized-delta-rule layered-network supervised (labeled) learning, Human brain physiology, Biological vs artificial neurons, Human senses. Human vs computer vision.


Biologically-inspired (“Spiking”) vs. psychologically-inspired Artificial Neural Networks

Neural Network Simulations and Algorithm Development

Symbolic AI overview

-AI Expert Systems

  - Probability theory

  - Uncertainty, Confidence

Wunderlich Mental Ability Matrix (i.e., “What is Smart?”) Philosophy, Psychology

Multivariable Calculus tutorial

Gradient Descent Neural Network Learning using multivariable Calculus

Comparison of two Wunderlich Neurocomputer designs

 -Biologically-inspired “Bottom-Up” VLSI chip

 -Psychologically-inspired “Top-Down” all-digital single-chip design with on-chip learning

IBM Watson   

CONCEPTS:  Observation/Evaluation/Decision-Making, Unstructured  data, Natural     language  processing, Context, Intent, Inferences, Multimodal “Cognitive-Computing” (many forms of Machine Learning) and “Deep-Learning” (both supervised and unsupervised)    METHODOLOGY: “Corpos” of literature, Curating, “Ingestion”  (indexing &  organizing), “QuestionAnswer” pairs (by experts) for “Ground Truth”, Continuous  learning, evidence-based recommendations, Yield of new inferences and patterns, hypothesis’ generation/evidence-search/confidence from weighted evidence scores from many simultaneous algorithms for each of multiple answers, Data Analytics to help human experts augment their decisions

-Hardware/ Software

-HCI (Human Computer Interactions), including use of humanoids

-Some initial applications (medicine, education, law, finance, weather)

- Compare IBM Watson to its rivals (Google, Microsoft, etc)

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55  75  56  57  58  76 ]64 65 67 68 69 70 79  80


VIDEOS: 66  77  78



Virtual/Augmented Reality  PDF

Rovers In Space  PPT  PDF

-Solar System  PPT  PDF

-Europa  PPT  PDF

Virtual Reality

Augmented  Reality

Space Exploration

 HISTORY: 1971  Lunar Rover; 1996 Mars Pathfinder Sojourner; 2004 Mars Rovers Spirit & Opportunity; 2011 Mars Science Lab; 2017 Mars ExoMars; 1977 Voyager 1 & 2; 1989 Galileo; 2020 Europa Jupiter System Mission; 20?? Europa Rover

Controlling behavior on the Internet


Safe Virtual Worlds for children

61 62 63

2  3  4  6  8  29  34  35


VIDEO:71  72






PATH-PLANNING, Dead reckoning, Celestial navigation, Mapping, Positioning, Steering, Sensors, Tele-operation, Remote communication, Local and global path-planning, Obstacle avoidance, Systems integration, Autonomy

 1  3  11  12  18  31

 32 33  36  37




Manned vs. unmanned, Biomimicry, Mobility, Suspension systems, Wheels and traction, Maneuverability, Stability, and Controllability

1  34, 35



Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s); Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV’s)  Networked swarms, future Wunderbot Team of robots and probes





Dexterous manipulation, Redundant manipulators, Psuedo-inverse velocity-control PATH-PLANNING, Attractive poles, Repelling-fields, Null-space, Heuristic search for DOF and energy minimization, Consumption Of Available Redundancy (COAR),” Rapid prototyping, Calculus Tutorial. Robots for the disabled

 5  14  15  54





Other Related Topics



Simulations, real-time control , Embedded systems, Micro controllers, Microprocessors, PC’s, Workstations, Super computers, Quality control through “Controlled Randomness” including Probability theory for Architectural Verification of Supercomputer Designs

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Replacing vs. aiding humans, Limiting robot autonomy

 38  39  65



Launch, landing, deployment, Hardening for heat, cold, radiation, and vibration. Electrical power demand, generation, and storage

3  4  9  28


When course was required for Sustainable Design and Industrial Engineers

 43  44   59  60


AI in building environmental controls

40  VIDEO: 73


45 46 47 48 49 50 51


Control of energy generation, distribution, load-shedding, and storage



Control of railroads


Team Project as defined by real-world client in France:

“Automated Agriculture Simulations and Real-Time Control over the Internet, including Correlation to Weather Data”

Individual, or groups of two preferred. No double counting of this project for the requirements of another course (past, present, or future). This is a MAJOR design project; so simulations and/or CAD drawings are expected. You may begin prototyping too – but if you need to use the Fabrication Lab, the shop technician must first approve your working drawings.



Late penalties apply. Use PowerPoint and Word. It must take no more than TWELVE MINUTES. Recent, high-quality citations are extremely important - at the very least do a “GOOGLE SCHOLAR” search for your topic and discuss what you will be researching. Proposal must include draft Pugh Diagram(s) with accompanying narrative to describe what is already known (from your initial research) and what you will be comparing as part of your design-decision process. Include in presentation and written proposal an annotated bibliography of sources (with annotations stating precisely why this is a good source)

On due date, submit before you present:

1.        A printed stapled copy of your PowerPoint presentation; six slides per page

2.        A printed stapled copy of your proposal



Late penalties apply. Use PowerPoint and Word. Paper must be in two-column, single-spaced, 10-point font using IEEE formatting dictated by: https://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html . Paper should be 6 to 8 8 to12 pages (not including appendices) and include:

·          An Abstract (one or two paragraphs)

·          An Introduction section (survey of the literature)

·          A number of discussion sections WITH PUGH DIAGRAM(S) and discussion of DESIGN DECISIONS MADE

·          A Conclusions section

·          A bibliography – call it “References.”  Excessive use of Wikipedia and non-scholarly citations will be penalized. (USE THE LIBRARY and GOOGLE SCHOLAR  ). MANY HIGH-QUALITY CITATIONS ARE EXPECTED !

·          Appendices for supporting materials (code, sketches, drawings, data collected, manufacturers literature, etc.)

On due date, submit a printed stapled copy of your paper, and send the professor an electronic copy.



Post it on Youtube, and send me your link before due date. If someone has a reason to not be in the video, allow it, but I expect to hear a voice narrating.


Some possible topics for semester projects (don’t feel obliged to pick one of these):

·          NASA COMPETITIONS (i.e., enter one)

·          ROVER FOR A SELECTED PLANET OR MOON (Parallel the design process in class for the Europa Rover)

·          ROVER FOR A REMOTE EARTH ENVIRONMENT (Parallel the design process in class for the Europa Rover)

·          ROBOBOAT ENVIRONMENTAL PROBE:  http://hamptonroads.com/2011/06/virginia-beach-hosts-robotboat-competition

·          FLYING ENVIRONMENTAL PROBE (balloon, kite, RC plane, etc) http://www.ted.com/talks/a_robot_that_flies_like_a_bird.html

·          ROBOT FOR NUCLEAR CLEAN-UP: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/18/japan-reactor-cleanup-us-robots_n_850344.html

·          AIR POLLUTION MONITORING ROBOT (and maybe control) DEVICE: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/03/138890522/nasas-eyes-in-the-sky-study-pollution-on-earth

·          SENSOR FUSION FOR POSE ESTIMATION (e.g, motion capture + vision + GPS + more)

·          LAUNCHED-PROJECTILE ENVIRONMENTAL SENSING PROBE (cannon-launch): http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00344257

·          ROBOT SWARM: http://www.ted.com/talks/vijay_kumar_robots_that_fly_and_cooperate.html



·          COMPUTER NETWORKED HYDROPONIC GARDEN (continue work in E273 and Etown food services)




·          U.S. IMPROVEMENT IN FACTORY AUTOMATION (compare to Japan and EU countries): http://www.rec.ri.cmu.edu/





·          INTELLIGENT AND SAFE CONTROL OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOURCES ( e.g., Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Nuclear, hydrogen fuel cells)



NO CELL PHONE OR LAPTOP USE IN CLASS This can very much affect your grade. No laptop use is allowed without a documented need by Elizabethtown College student services. Research now shows that taking hand-written notes is better for learning: http://www.npr.org/2016/04/17/474525392/attention-students-put-your-laptops-away


ACADEMIC HONESTY Elizabethtown College Pledge of Integrity: "Elizabethtown College is a community engaged in a living and learning experience, the foundation of which is mutual trust and respect. Therefore, we will strive to behave toward one another with respect for the rights of others, and we promise to represent as our work only that which is indeed our own, refraining from all forms of lying, plagiarizing, and cheating."  [See the 2016-17 Elizabethtown College Catalog, “Standards of Academic Integrity” (http://catalog.etown.edu/content.php?catoid=10&navoid=507#Academic_Judicial_System) or Academic Integrity at Elizabethtown College, 11th ed. (https://www.etown.edu/offices/dean-of-students/files/academic-integrity-handbook.pdf)]


DISABILITIES Elizabethtown College welcomes otherwise qualified students with disabilities to participate in all of its courses, programs, services, and activities. If you have a documented disability and would like to request accommodations in order to access course material, activities, or requirements, please contact the Director of Disability Services, Lynne Davies, by phone (361-1227) or e-mail daviesl@etown.edu. If your documentation meets the college’s documentation guidelines, you will be given a letter from Disability Services for each of your professors.  Students experiencing certain documented temporary conditions, such as post-concussive symptoms, may also qualify for temporary academic accommodations and adjustments. As early as possible in the semester, set up an appointment to meet with me, the instructor, to discuss the academic adjustments specified in your accommodations letter as they pertain to my class.


SCHOOL CLOSURE / CLASS CANCELATION Additional work assigned to cover any class cancelation


RELIGIOUS OBSERVATIONS The College is willing to accommodate individual religious beliefs and practices. It is your responsibility to meet with the class instructor in advance to request accommodation related to your religious observances that may conflict with this class, and to make appropriate plans to make up any missed work.