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Kory Mathewson visits IRL Lab

koryWhat started as a simple email exchange between Kory and Dr. Taylor ends up with an invitation to visit the IRL Lab.

Kory Mathewson, a PhD student from University of Alberta, and a member of the Reinforcement Learning and Artificial Intelligence research lab, visited WSU from February 22-24. During his short visit, he gave a very engaging guest lecture talk to the students of the Introduction to Robotics class. He also gave a departmental talk on “Developing Machine Intelligence to Improve Bionic Limb Control” in which it has drawn a diverse audience.

Read more about Kory’s visit in his own words on his blog post.

1st Annual Hardware Hackathon

Organized by IEEE Student Chapter, Robotics Club and Palouse RoboSub Club, the 1st Annual Hardware Hackathon was held in Intelligent Robot Learning Laboratory and Frank Innovation Zone during November 14-15, 2015. The theme for this year’s event was “Internet of Things.” More than 25 teams that is composed of 75 total participants attended the event. Different majors were represented during this event including Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Material Science Engineering.

Teams had 24 hours to plan, design, and build their projects. At the end, all teams presented their works to a panel of judges represented from members of the industry and the academe.

This event was sponsored by Digilent Inc., Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, and School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

To view this year’s winners, please visit the Hardware Hackathon’s website.

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REU participants showcase their research projects

Jessie Bryant during the poster session.

The IRL Lab had two REU participants this year. Jessie Bryant, a junior Mechanical Engineering student from WSU, and Maddie Chili, a junior Computer Science and Communications Design student from Elon University.

The REU program allows undergraduate students to experience what it takes to do research under the guidance of a top research professor and working along with graduate students.

At a poster session yesterday, the REU participants presented the results on their research where it was well attended by students and professors. To read more about their individual research projects, please click on the links below.

Jessie Bryant: Laser Power Beaming in Smart Homes
Maddie Chili: On the Ability to Provide Demonstrations on a UAS

RoboSub Club of the Palouse competes in the 18th Annual International RoboSub Competition

Picture from WSU News

RoboSub Club of the Palouse is gearing up to compete in the annual International RoboSub Competition in San Diego. The members are leaving Pullman, Saturday, July 18th, for the week long event. James Irwin, who is one of the IRL Lab’s graduate student, will also be heading to San Diego as a member of the Electrical Engineering team.

The team has recently been featured in WSU News and KLEWTV. Click on the links to read more about the articles.

Good luck to the team and Go Cougs!!!