MEDIA ADVISORY-Summer students design cameras to track toy flying saucers and program robots to run mazes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ñ Nearly a dozen undergraduate students from around the Southeast have been spending the summer at Vanderbilt University getting a taste of real-life engineering research as part of a summer internship at the Institute for Software-Integrated Systems.

In two months, the students ñ most of whom are under-represented minorities ñ have learned to use sophisticated computer modeling tools to create real-world applications, including: a camera system that can track a toy blimp and flying saucer; a robot that can avoid obstacles while moving from one point to another and can use its onboard sensors to find a "lost" robot; and a robot that can run a maze and memorize its configuration.

The students say that not only are they learning a lot about real-world problem solving but they are also finding out a great deal about each other’s culture and heritage. The students are giving their final presentations on Friday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students and faculty members will be available at 2 p.m. to demonstrate their projects and talk with interested reporters.

WHAT:Demonstration of summer engineering design

WHEN:Friday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Featheringill Hall, Room 211
(On the Vanderbilt campus)

Media Contact: David Salisbury, (615) 343-6803

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