Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Physicist

Today during class we had a guest physicist give a short lecture. The idea was to get us prepared for the trip to visit CERN this weekend. His lecture started with Nicolaus Copernicus and his propagation of the heliocentric model of the universe.
Today during class we had a guest physicist give a short lecture. The idea was to get us prepared for the trip to visit CERN this weekend. His lecture started with Nicolaus Copernicus and his propagation of the heliocentric model of the universe. Then explained the major advancements in physics over the over the next several centuries. Lastly he concluded with a short descriptions of the different theories, and how the ultimate goal of physics, as of today, is to find the grand unified theory of everything.

As for our robots, most teams have been working on navigating through the play ground and setting up their camera to detect the payloads. The play ground is a square box, approximately 5' by 10', with obstacles in it. We need to be able to drive around the playground, and find the payloads without hitting any rocks (Styrofoam peanuts and expanding insulation spay). We need to set up the navigation to autonomously drive the robot around, and the camera to detect the payloads. From talking to most people, they have been splitting up their teams into groups to work on the different parts of the project. About half the students have been going back and forth from updating their code to testing it on the play ground.

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Today was Professor Kelso's last day in Switzerland. So we got a group picture, before he left.

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