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Shepherd hosts seminar on robotics research on March 31

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV—Shepherd University will host “What’s New in Robotics Research? From Manipulator Arms to Intelligent Robot Colonies,” a seminar presented by Dr. Gordon K. Lee, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at San Diego State University. The seminar will be Wednesday, March 31 at 9 a.m. in the Robert C. Byrd Science and Technology Center, room 108. This seminar is supported by Shepherd’s Center for Teaching and Learning and the NASA WV EPSCoR.

The field of robotics has grown from simple industrial robots that paint cars and place components on an assembly line to robots that have human-like qualities, can work in colonies, and learn from their mistakes. Today, there are many applications in military, commercial, and civilian scenarios where robots must perform complex tasks in uncertain environments. Because of the nature of these tasks, new classes of robotic systems will be required. This seminar will present an overview of past and on-going research in the development of robotic systems as well as some of the learning algorithms that may be applied to a multitude of applications. Dr. Lee’s talk will also include a discussion on some of the student projects as well as research projects going on at San Diego State University.

Dr. Lee received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 1978. From 1978 through 1989, Dr. Lee was at Colorado State University in the Department of Electrical Engineering where he became a full professor and later the director of the Institute for Robotic Studies. In 2000, Dr. Lee joined San Diego State University where he was an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is now a full professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Dr. Lee’s research interests are in the areas of robotics and control systems, particularly intelligent evolutionary control algorithms, fuzzy systems, and neural networks, as well as in the applications of these methods to mobile robotic colonies. Dr. Lee has published more than 250 technical documents. He is a member of the IEEE, AIAA, and a senior member of ISCA. Dr. Lee is also an associate editor for the International Journal on Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing.