From June 1998 through October 2012 I maintained and provided most of the content updating to the official Robotics Institute webpages while working on the projects below.
|I consulted on the early phase of the ChargeCar project, in which we modified a Scion XB to run from batteries and supercapacitors.|
In 2009 we spun off our own version of the TAOSF and put a fleet of Sea-Doo-powered kayaks in nearby Pather Hollow Lake.
|From September 2006 through September 2009 I was a member of the Telesupervised Adaptive Ocean Sensor Fleet (TAOSF) project team in the Tele-Supervised Autonomous Robotics Lab.|
|Throughout most of 2006 I helped design various versions of the low-cost Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robot - Very Low Cost (EODR-VLC) , "Yoder" for short, a disposable first-reponse mobile robot. The project is still active - we plan to build an articulated version - but currently there's no funding. Yoder was one of the robots in an Engineering Your Future (EYF) workshop in mid-July 2006.|
Starting in April 2005 and for approximately two years after that, I was on the Wide Area Prospecting Using Supervised Autonomous Robots project team. Specifically, I helped to design the Networked Communication System (NCS) for this project.
My colleagues and I worked in these project areas:
When I first joined the Robotics Institute, I worked for Mel Siegel's Intelligent Sensor, Measurement, and Control Lab researching sensors and sensor-based instrumentation, primarily for process control enhancement.
|With funding from the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Western Pennsylvania we've constructed a prototype robot (CIMP, Crown Inspection Mobile Platform) to demonstrate the feasibility of delivering visual inspection stereoimagery from an aircraft to a ground-based workstation. CIMP (shown here on a 747 at Northwest's primary maintenance facility in St. Paul MN) and its stereoimagery are described in|
Every moving vehicle makes some noise, either internal (engine, vibration, power train) or external (wind effects and interactions with surfaces). These noise signatures, for similar vehicles in similar circumstances, are diagnostic and can be used for vehicle identification and tracking. Vehicle Sound Pattern Recognition by Frequency Vector Principal Component Analysis describes our research.
During 1994 we did a literature survey and concept design for the U. S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard is responsible for ensuring safe transport and storage of any hazardous materials shipped via inland and coastal waterways. When accidents involving such materials occur, they must evaluate the situation. They wanted a teleoperated robot that would precede a Hazmat Team into enclosed areas and transmit (stereo)video imagery and some level of chemical analysis data from onboard sensors and samplers to minimize both the danger to and the in-suit time of the team.
The precursor to CIMP was the ANDI (Autonomous NonDestructive Inspector) prototype robot for eddy-current-based aircraft inspection. We provided the technical oversight; ANDI was fabricated at the Carnegie Mellon Research Institute. Supported financially by the FAA and in cooperation with
US Airways, ANDI (shown here on an
Eastern Airlines DC-9 at
in Albuquerque NM) and its application is discussed in
We did theoretical research on robotics for contraband and explosives detection in the early '90s. These two papers:
Most of our projects prior to ANDI were sensor-based; consisting of the design, modification, or implementation of sensors for measurements without a robotic presence.
In 1992 for the CSX Corporation, we prototyped a sensor for mapping the magnetic structure of railway car undersides to identify car types and (possibly) individual car identities.
|From '91 through '92 the ABB Power T&D Company Inc. funded an investigation into the automation of fault analysis and resolution in protective relaying using expert systems. The result of that study is described in|
|During 1990 and 1991 we worked for the Inland Fisher Guide Division of General Motors, now the Signal Lighting Operations Engineering Center of the Guide Corporation, on a project quantifying the light-emission pattern from GM headlamps to improve the design-to-manufacture time of their reflectors. The data also led to these recent papers in SPIE's Optical Engineering|
The Cabot Corporation sponsored our 1980's research in gas sensors -
the sensors were fabricated by our colleagues at the ORNL. The project resulted in four papers:
The mid-80's also found us with a contract from the Fiberglass Products division of PPG Industries to measure (online) the diameter (and hence, the mass flow rate) of fiberglass strands drawn from a furnace as part of a closed-loop temperature controller. This research resulted in a CMU Technical Report
an SPIE paper
and U. S. Patent 5 015 867, 1991.
We had the country's first computer-controlled microbrewery in 1982! This long-running project, sponsored by Air Products and Chemicals, Mine Safety Appliances, American Cyanamid, and Travenol Laboratories (now part of Baxter International), investigated distributed process control techniques, analytical instrumentation, and sensor components as they applied to fermentation. Unfortunately, (for legal and safety reasons) the beer was deliberately made to be undrinkable. The process was initially controlled by an ISAAC / Apple-II Automated Data Acquisition and Control System, later by a Keithley DAS, and finally (with the advent of RS-232 control modules from the DGH Corporation) was a truly "distributed" system. The testbed was decommissioned in 1995 to make room for TIP and CIMP.
There have been numerous other projects and spin-off researches done concurrently with the above; most of our earlier publications can be found here in both PostScript and PDF formats.
When I worked for the Biomedical Engineering Program (in the mid-70s), I built the first Displacement Cardiograph. prototypes and early prototypes of LED-based blood oximetry devices.
I'm only distantly related to Cathy!
I am (or have been) a member of the following organizations (among others)
My hobbies include:
My folks are retired and living at The Plantation at Leesburg in Lake County, Florida, where my dad worked (until 2005) part time at the Mission Inn Golf & Tennis Resort.
My dad piloted (and co-piloted) C-47s during WWII - here's a page with pictures and more info.
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Last Update 16 May 2003
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