Mike Krawczyk, Programs Chair 
Florida West Coast Section - ASME 


Monday February 10, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST

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Hampton Inn Tampa - Veterans Expressway 
5628 W. Waters Avenue
Tampa, FL 33634

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Full Time Students:  $5.00

ASME Members and guests:  $10.00

Non-ASME Members:  $15.00


Join ASME-FWCS for a presentation about

Robotics:  The Cutting Edge!

At this event, Dr. Pierre Larochelle will present a summary of the cutting edge research going on in robotics R&D labs around the world.  Included is a discussion of both the short and the long term future of robotics which will lay the foundation for some predictions as to what we can expect robots to be able to do in the next 10, 20, or 50 years.  What will robots be doing in the home, in the private sector, in industry, in factories, in hospitals, in the military, and even in health care environments?  Is artificial intelligence around the corner?  Is Asimov's Robbie the Robot going to be in every home soon?

Pierre Larochelle (Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Irvine) is an Associate Dean for the College of Engineering and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Florida Insitute of Technology.  His research focuses on the design of robotic mechanical systems.  He is the founding director of the Robotics and Spatial Systems Laboratory (RASSL), has over 100 publications, holds one US patent, and has served as a consultant on robotics, automation, machine design, and computer-aided design.  He currently serves as an Associate Editor for two journals:  the ASME Journal of Mechanisms & Robotics and Mechanics Based Design of Structures & Machines.  Dr. Larochelle is the Chair of the ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Committee, has served as an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, is a Fellow of the ASME, and a member of Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, and ASEE.

Dr. Larochelle will be joined at the event by two local FIRST Robotics teams!

Team 2845 - Team Duct Tape is a FIRST Tech Challenge, middle and high school, Odessa based team.

Team 4769 - Nerdvana is a FIRST Robotics Challenge, high school, St. Petersburg based team.

Both teams will discuss their plans for this year's challenges and show off their robots.

Food (deli sandwiches) and beverages will be provided to all attendees.  Registration for this event will close as soon as the attendee limit is reached, so please do not wait to register!

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