AIMing for Automated Vehicles

Paul F. Grayson, AIMing for Automated Vehicles blog, Control Engineering

The U.S. armed forces have had smart weapons for a long time now. It is just recently that they realized they need smart supply trucks. Hi, I am Paul F. Grayson, Team Leader of American Industrial Magic (AIM), one of last remaining teams of the 390 teams that worked on vehicles for the DARPA Grand Challenge series of unmanned vehicle races. AIM is working to save soldiers lives by searching for ways to make driverless Army supply trucks affordable. AIM is funded by donations from individuals like you who want to speed up the fielding of this life-saving technology. With this blog, you can look over my shoulder while I and my team work on  this important technology. You will get a chance to look into the world of unmanned robotic vehicles, see some of the things that I see, and puzzle over the challenges of making vehicles driverless. Welcome to my world!

 

 

FIRST Robotics World Championship, related links

Did you feel that something was happening, that there was a shift in robotics people toward St. Louis, MO, this week? I sure did. Here are links and information to the FIRST Robotics World Championship, along with connections to prior coverage.

April 29, 2011


F.I.R.S.T. ROBOTICS - First Robotics programsF.I.R.S.T. ROBOTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -  Just because you can't be there doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun. WATCH THE ACTION ONLINE at http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/robotics/  or http://www.hectv.org/

     Here is the agenda for this weeks activities:

http://www.usfirst.org/uploadedFiles/Robotics_Programs/FRC/Events/2011/CMP_Public_Agenda_2011.pdf

     Did you feel that something was happening, that there was a shift in robotics people toward St. Louis, MO this week?  I sure did.  Twitter has been lit up all week with people updating their peeps on where they are at each stage of their journey as they make their way toward the F.I.R.S.T.

     Robotics World Championship in St. Louis, MO (and it will be there again in 2012 and 2013).  My information gathering phone calls all this week have been met by staffers explaining that the person I need to talk to is on their way to St. Louis, or already there.

     The people I talked to in St. Louis can only talk a few minutes because of all the activity already in progress.

     While there are 352 teams with robots competing, more FIRST teams will be there than that.  Teams that have won awards but not enough to advance to the final level of competition have all been invited. Thousands of family, friends, classmates, teachers, spectators and sponsors representatives are there now or will be soon.  It is a big deal.  Don't miss it.

4-H Robotics Club - 4-H Techno Clovers logo4-H Techno Clovers

     At least 7  of the FIRST teams expected to be there are 4-H Robotics Clubs:

     FRC Team 3780,  Rhode Burn- Newport County, RI http://about.me/firstteam3780 FRC Team 78, Air Strike- Newport County, RI http://www.air4h.org FRC Team 3284, Camdenton 4H LASER – Camdenton, MO  http://www.team3284.org FRC Team 3784, Bit by Bit- Verona, MO  http://frcteam3784.webs.com/ FRC Team 3464, Sim-City- Simsbury, CT (no website listed) FTC Team 2818, The Original GFORCE- McHenry, MD http://www.gforce2818.org/ FTC Team 4240,  4-H Techno Clovers- Accident, MD

http://www.facebook.com/pages/FTC-Team-4240-Techno-Clovers/179771482067531

     Also read:

http://www.controleng.com/blogs/aiming-for-automated-vehicles/blog/first-robotics-team-1717-builds-a-dream-robot-shop/ee4a8b1aa7.html

and

http://www.controleng.com/blogs/aiming-for-automated-vehicles/blog/first-robotics-team-3767-teamwork-life-lesson/ef7b242bd1.html

    Leave a comment on your impressions about FIRST Robotics using the interface below. Click here if you cannot see the comment area below.

GO ROBOTS !

Paul F. Grayson - 4-H Leader

4-H Robotics Club of Traverse City

"Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fun"

390 4-Mile Rd. S.

Traverse City, MI 49696

(231) 883-4463 Cell

pgrayson(at)aimagic.org

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