UBC Thunderbirds Robotics Snowbots, TREAD, RoboCup

TitleUBC Thunderbirds Robotics Snowbots, TREAD, RoboCup
Faculty/College/UnitApplied Science
Duration2 Year
Funding Details
Year 1: Project TitleUBC Thunderbirds Robotics: Snowflurries, TREAD, RoboCup
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2009/2010
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorJohn Meech
Year 1: Funded Amount92,000
Year 1: Team Members

John Meech, Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science

Year 1: Summary

TLEF funding will support UBC Thunderbird Robotics entries into three competitions with the aim to build an infrastructure to improve existing partnerships between Applied Science student projects and interactions with other Faculties (Commerce and Computer Science). Thunderbird Robotics is a coalition of teams focused on integrating classroom learning with R&D and active learning.

For the past four years, TR has given 300 students a comprehensive learning experience. The applicants wish to extend that experience to many more students by creating a project­-based course. Three robotics projects are underway in 2008-09. The funding will cover summer salaries for seven students who will create the course and complete construction of three competition robots. It will allow 30 students to attend one of three competitions.

Each project will be under two students in which one will act as Leader so other students work as a coherent team while the second student will set up the infrastructure to allow for years of successful student-initiated robotic projects. To ensure sustainability and success, an experienced student will mentor and guide the six students in their individual projects to provide cross-over of hardware and software. This level of involvement is necessary to achieve success in which two students dedicate all of their time to each project.

Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2010/2011
Year 2: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorJohn Meech
Year 2: Funded Amount118,000
Year 2: Team Members

John Meech, Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Farrokh Sassani, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Andre Marziali, Director, Engineering Physics Program, Faculty of Applied Science
Joseph Yan, Electrical and Computer Engineering , Faculty of Applied Science
Jon Nakane, Engineering Physics Project Lab, Faculty of Applied Science
Erin Biddlecombe, Student Development Officer, Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Amir Bahador Moosavi zadeh, Student, Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Taylor Cooper, TREAD Project Captain / Student, Engineering Physics
Amy Cheng, TREAD Project Software Lead / Student, Computer Science
Ian Phillips, Administrative Leader, Snowbots / Student, Computer Science
Amanda Li, Administrative Captain, RoboCup Administrative Captain / Student, Mechanical Engineering
Alim Jiwa, Captain, RoboCup Project / Student, Mechanical Engineering
Joel Mertens, Chair, Engineering Student Team Council

Year 2: Summary

UBC Thunderbird Robotics’ (UBC-TR) goals are to create an optimum student learning experience in research and implementation of engineering through allowing students to enter series of world class competitions and conferences. UBC-TR is a coalition of student teams that allows for interfaculty collaboration, applied classroom knowledge, and R&D. In the past five years, UBC-TR has given over 400 students a comprehensive learning experience and is looking to extend this by creating project-based courses. Three robotics project, a new space project and a robotics competition are planned for 2009-2010.

The funding will go towards thirty students to attend competitions as well as salaries of ten students. Hired students will ensure completion of three competition robots, creation of infrastructure and development of the long-term goals of UBC-TR, to enhance teaching and learning. Two students will be hired for promotion for UBC-TR’s robot racing competition and starting up of a satellite design team.