Redefining the Classroom

Facilities

Vehicle Systems Option

You'll learn how to project vehicle performance through analytical skills and computer simulation, how to test using modern instrumentation, and how to design for it using a perspective of the vehicle as a complete system. As you progress, you'll develop a competence with specific sub-systems and parts.


LSSU students test vehicle components in one of a variety of labs.

Robotics and Automation Option

Simulation and off-line programming (OLP) are valuable in teaching robotics courses and as a practical tool to show engineering and technology students how to design work cells using a computer.

The Robotics and Automation Laboratory has over $1 million in robotics equipment. Courses in systems integration and machine vision, automated manufacturing systems, and robotics engineering prepare you for robotics careers in the fields of applications, design, software, equipment development, and controls. Students work with Karel and V+ software, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and application of C programming concepts.


Staubli and Adept robots share rotary index tables and a roller conveyor system in an L-line set-up controlled by V+ programming and PLCs.

From Robotic Simulation and Off-line Programming: From Academia to Industry, Robotics Online:

"Simulation and off-line programming (OLP) are valuable in teaching robotics courses and as a practical tool to show engineering and technology students how to design work cells using a computer. Students, while not hurting anything or anyone through the use of OLP and simulation, learn a great deal about robotic technology."

"Students like to see immediate results through watching a virtual robot. Students are as equally excited as using a simulated robot as when using an actual robot. We teach students how to develop code and see the results by animating the robot. Programming and learning robotics processes in a virtual world is an effective precursor to using an actual robot."

"Using OLP and simulation in a demonstration opens prospective engineering students’ eyes and sparks interest in software and technology. Getting qualified people who understand both robotics hardware and simulation software in combination is a challenge for many engineering companies. Not many people are proficient at both, but our students are."

-- Professor Jim Devaprasad
Director of LSSU Robotics

Meet our Robots

  • Staubli: One of the fastest and most accurate articulated robots with six degrees of freedom.
  • Adept: Made by the only U.S. robot manufacturer and one of the most widely used selective compliance articulate robot arm (SCARA) type robots fitted with machine vision
    systems and cameras.
  • Fanuc: From the Arcmate family with six degrees of freedom built by one of the world’s largest robot manufacturers.
  • Motoman: One of the three largest robotics companies and one of America’s fastest-growing companies.