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CEENBoT ™ Educational Robotics Platform. Dr. Bing Chen Computer and Electronics Engineering October 27 th , 2008. Goals of CEENBoT for ECE-type programs. Attract high school students in choosing to enter ECE as their field of university study

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CEENBoT ™Educational Robotics Platform

Dr. Bing Chen

Computer and Electronics Engineering

October 27th, 2008

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Goals of CEENBoT for ECE-type programs

  • Attract high school students in choosing to enter ECE as their field of university study

  • Encourage ECE students to buy into their programs with an educational robot that is utilized in multiple courses

  • Stimulate faculty in “freshening” ECE courses

  • CEENBoT can serve as a portfolio of for ECE students and for out of class “fun” activities

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Comparison of TekBot and CEENBoT

TekBot™ - Oregon State ECE


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TekBot™ - Oregon State ECE


  • 5” by 7” footprint

  • DC motors with plastic gear train and foam wheels

  • Compact design

  • Prototype board for use by college students at both Oregon State University and University of Nebraska (to 2007)

  • 6” by 8” footprint

  • High-quality stepper motors for precision control

  • Full suspension for traversing uneven terrain

  • Larger capacity, quick-change power supply

  • Interchangeable rubber drive tires

  • Large prototype board for projects and more reliable connectors

  • Serial-to-peripheral interface (SPI) to allow communication between multiple multiprocessors

  • Amenable to K-16 educational space to meet needs at multiple levels

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CEEN experiences to date

  • CEEN faculty have bought into the educational robotics concept in a NSF CCLI phase 1 grant with the TekBot

  • CEEN students:

    • are provided a robot in their very first freshman course (learning to solder, gaining familiarity with circuit elements and reading circuit diagrams)

    • can do individual study courses to extend their robot’s capabilities beyond their prescribed labs (e.g. robot arm, video camera)

    • have contributed to lab development along with their instructors

    • have designed the “CEENBoT” with a quantum leap in added features “testosterone satisfaction”

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CEENBoT Features

  • Robust and scalable mobile robotic platform for ECE programs to take it in any direction desired

  • Base unit CEENBoT can be viewed as a stable power supply on wheels which can utilize RC hobbyist parts

  • Open source architecture makes for a flexible platform

  • Optional GPI board provides for multiple languages for control and multiple audiences (K-12, 4-H, after school)

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CEENBoT Tumbles 30ft.


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CEENBoT features: now and upcoming

  • All CEENBoTs now have UPC barcodes and serial numbers for tracking

  • Tested: video camera with wireless transmission to a laptop, robotic arm, four-wheel drive version, ZigBee controller

  • Under development: GPS module, Wi-Fi controller (802.11b), interface ports for multiple sensors

  • In addition to base kits with through hole circuit boards a surface mount version is under development

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CEENBoT: Plans for the near future

  • Manufacturing costs are dropping

    • $275 for summer 2008 NSF workshops for teachers

    • $175 for fall CEEN freshman students

    • will approach $100 (parts and labor) for the next order of 1K CEENBoTs for spring 2009

  • GPI board will be ready by summer 2009

  • CEENBoT, Inc. will be formed by summer 2009 to manufacture and distribute CEENBoTs

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Next NSF proposal: CCLI phase 2 Due: January 12th, 2009

  • Collaborative proposal with selected ECE departments as partners

  • Observe and measure the effectiveness of the CEENBoT at other ECE locations

  • Assessment tools (already developed under CCLI phase 1) will be applied to students and faculty at partnering schools

  • CEENBoT jamboree for partnering schools held annually for most innovative application, best lesson modules for a course, challenge problem

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Are you interested?CEEN would love to have you with us!

  • If you have an interest please let Bing Chen know as there are only a little more than 2 months to prepare the proposal

  • Forward a copy of your NSF-ready CV. If you are a Co-PI we will need a list of your current and pending grants through NSF

  • A letter of support stating your commitment to work with us