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AFRL Student Challenge at WBI - Students to demo Robotic Sentries

  • Tec^Edge 5000 Springfield Street Dayton, OH, 45431 United States

Come on out this Friday to see an advanced technology demonstration! This will be a fun demonstration -- demo is scheduled to be around 10:00am in the WBI side parking lot. Dayton area community is welcome to watch demo.

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Teams of college students from Boston, Cleveland and Northwest Ohio will converge April 29 at the Wright Brothers Institute, 5000 Springfield St., Dayton to unveil new robotic-centered technology that may help the Air Force boost security at military bases. The event is part of the AFRL Student Challenge, an innovative approach to address tough technology problems by collaborating with leading engineering schools and cultivate the lab’s future workforce.

The Air Force Research Laboratory, which manages a multi-billion dollar science and technology portfolio, tasked these students with creating a device that can mimic a human sentry. Using a robotic base donated by Minnesota-based Action TrackChair, the teams designed their own sensing, control and communication packages. During the event, the teams will demonstrate how their technology allows the robot to navigate a course with multiple curves; enter and exit confined spaces; and identify suspicious items. Teams of students from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio Northern University, and Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts will participate.

AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate is the challenge sponsor, the Ohio Aerospace Institute is the activity manager, and Action TrackChair is the industry partner for the event.