[robotics-worldwide] 2nd CFP: Robtics Education

Joel Esposito joelesposito at gmail.com
Tue Mar 9 19:40:10 PST 2010

Call for Papers: ASEE Computers in Education Journal
Special Issue: Novel Approaches in Robotics Education.
*** Submission Deadline:   April 15 2010
E-mail submissions to ed-pub at crosslink.net
Articles should be approximately 6-10 pages, MS Word documents
Papers addressing undergraduate education are of particular interest.  A
sampling of topics follows.   For questions regarding scope, contact the
editor:   Joel Esposito, Assoc. Prof. Systems Engineering, US Naval Academy
esposito at usna.edu

* Descriptions of novel courses at the undergraduate or master's levels,
especially those with a laboratory or project component:  Examples include
underwater robotics, micro-robotics, biologically inspired robotics, etc.
Quality submissions may include as appropriate: motivation, learning
objectives, description of laboratory or design projects, assessment and
student feedback.
* Descriptions of robotics curricula:  Examples include Bachelors and
Master's level programs granting degrees in Robotics, as well as Minor or
Certificate programs.   Issues of interest may include: intended skill set
of graduates, program philosophy, curricular structure, assessment and
accreditation issues, capstone experiences, and profiles of graduates.
* Descriptions of project based learning experiences:   Examples include
novel open-ended laboratories, intra-mural or inter-collegiate competitions,
challenge problems, and capstone designs.   Issues of interest may include:
explanation of rules and logistics, competition structure, required skills,
sample hardware designs and intended educational outcomes are useful.

* Proposals or position papers on Introductory Robotics Courses:  Is there a
consensus on a national model of what a modern first course in robotics
should include?   Are the topics entirely department or instructor
dependant?   Is there an appropriate balance between Articulated and Mobile
robotic topics? What is the balance between Mechatronic, Kinematic, Learning
or Algorithmic approaches?  Are topics such as Computer Vision or Artificial
intelligence at the periphery or does a balanced treatment include them in a
first course?

Please note that courses which do not include technical content specific to
robotics, but rather use robotics hardware as a "hook" for achieving other
objectives (ex. teaching introductory programming skills, or simulating
interest in engineering careers) are not appropriate for the special issue,
though are generally within the scope of the journal.
Assoc. Professor Joel M. Esposito
Dept. of Weapons and Systems Engineering
105 Maryland Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21402

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