OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Robots to play shuffleboard in OSU contest

06/01/2011

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A dozen robots will compete in a shuffleboard tournament against each other and human opponents in a tournament at Oregon State University on Monday, June 6.

The event is the culmination of an applied robotics class in the OSU college of Engineering. It will be in the Kelley Engineering Center atrium from noon until 2 p.m., and is free and open to the public. More information is available online at http://beaversource.oregonstate.edu/projects/appliedrobotics

“The class is a projects-based course for mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering students,” says Jonathan Hurst, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. “The goal is to combine mechanical design and computer intelligence into a robotic system that students build, and in this particular version to accurately throw a puck to the middle of a playing surface.”

Students work in teams of three to create their solutions. The robots must use computer vision to be able to “see” where they want to shoot the puck, and have the mechanical ability to make the shot. In addition to the engineering aspects, this class allows students work on their skills in teamwork, problem-solving and troubleshooting.