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Robotics Engineering

Impacts of Robotics Engineering on Our World: An Introduction to Real World Robots

 

The robotics engineering course is designed for high-school students to provide them with understanding of robotics as an engineering discipline. The participating students will learn about a number of newly emerging robotics technologies and their impacts on a variety of areas ranging from industrial sectors, such as manufacturing, medical, defense; home assistance to elderly and disabled people; to improving learning for autistic children/students. The main goal of the course is to motivate the students in pursuing robotics as an engineering discipline by providing them an introduction to behind the scenes science and art of robotics. The course will involve interactive and fun-filled group sessions that include video lectures, interacting with real world robots, and hands-on programming.

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the robotics as an engineering discipline, state of the art in robotics and the relevant skills and knowledge required to become a roboticist.
  • Describe the nature and type of research work conducted in robotics in various state of the art robotics disciplines and the impact of those on our world.
  • Develop problem solving, critical thinking, and programming skills.

UConn PCS: Robotics Engineering

Sessions Offered

 Session 1: July 10 - July 16

Format

On Campus, In Person

Related Courses

Biomedical Engineering

This class will provide introduction to robotics engineering, introduction to real world robots, and hands-on experience to students. The students will get to experience:

  • Interactive introductory lectures on history of robotics and overview of robotics engineering as an interdisciplinary field.
  • An overview of the three main areas of robotics engineering using a mix of video tutorials and class discussions. The areas are: Bio-robots, Human-robot interaction, Autonomous robots
  • An invigorating hands-on experience of discovering the intricacies of electrical circuit wiring, programming on microcontrollers, and robot building using kits.
  • Interaction with real world robots

UConn PCS: Robotics Engineering

UConn PCS: Robotics Engineering

UConn PCS: Robotics Engineering

Meet the Professors


 

Shalabh Gupta received his M.S. degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering, and his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA, in 2004, 2005, and 2006, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Connecticut. His current research interests include distributed autonomy, cyber–physical systems, robotics, network intelligence, data analytics, information fusion, and fault diagnosis in complex systems. Dr. Gupta is currently serving as the Chief Editor of Frontiers in Robotics and AI (Specialty Section: Smart Sensor Networks and Autonomy) and an Associate Editor of Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal. Dr. Gupta has published around 120 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers.

UConn PCS: Abhishek DuttaAbhishek Dutta received his MSc in informatics from the University of Edinburgh with informatics prize for outstanding thesis in 2007 and his PhD with distinction in electromechanical engineering from Ghent University in 2014. He was then an aerospace postdoc at the coordinated science laboratory of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign till 2016. Since 2016 he is an assistant professor of ECE at UConn and is affiliated to BME and UTC-IASE. His research lab is focused on systems medicine that deals with disease network modeling and control and on biological robotics dealing with neuromuscular control of insects.

UConn PCS: Ashwin DaniAshwin Dani received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, FL, USA, in 2008 and 2011, respectively. After graduation from Ph.D., he was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA. In 2013, he joined4 the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) as Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research interests related to robotics engineering include human–robot collaboration, autonomous navigation of robots, nonlinear estimation and control, and machine learning. Dr. Dani actively participates in outreach and teaching activities related to robotics at UConn and is an active researcher in the field of controls and robotics.

Data Science

Learning Data Science Through Games and Applications

Data science is a fast developing science of extracting meaningful information from massive data for better decision-making. It is interdisciplinary by nature, involving statistics, computing, and domain knowledge. Important principles of data science will be elaborated through interactive games and real applications in this course.

Students will have a basic understanding of the essential components of data science as well as the basic computing skills needed to explore this field further independently. The fun, game-based introductions will engage students' interest in data science.

UConn PCS: Data Science

Sessions Offered

Session 1: July 10 - July 16

Course Fees

To Be Announced

Cost, Fees, & Discounts

Format

On-Campus, In-Person

Related Courses

TBD

Lectures will be team-led by Professors Haim Bar, HaiYing Wang, and Jun Yan, with lab sessions led by graduate assistants. Students taking this class will get the chance to:

  • understand most important principles in data science;
  • learn the basics of data science computing skills - data manipulation, visualization, and analysis;
  • program in R to run simulations of games;
  • practice on real applications with data from climate change to sports.

UConn PCS: Data Science

UConn PCS: Data Science

UConn PCS: Data Science

Meet the Teaching Team


 


UConn PCS: Haim BarHaim Bar is an Associate Professor in Statistics at the University of Connecticut. He received his Ph.D. in statistics from Cornell University in 2012. He received his M.Sc. in statistics in 2010 (Cornell University) and an M.Sc. in computer science in 2002 (Yale University). He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics (Cum Laude) in 1993, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

His professional interests include statistical modeling, shrinkage estimation, high throughput applications in biology (e.g., genomics), Bayesian statistics, variable selection, and machine learning. From 1995 to 1997, he was with Motorola, Israel, as a computer programmer in the Wireless Access Systems Division. From 1997 until 2003 he worked for MicroPatent, LLC, where he held the position of Director of Software Development. In 2003 he moved to Ithaca, NY, and worked as a Principal Scientist at ATC-NY. Prior to coming to UConn, he worked at the Cornell Statistical Consulting Unit (CSCU) and the Department of Statistical Science at Cornell, as a consultant and lecturer.


UConn PCS: HaiYing WangHaiYing Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Connecticut. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New Hampshire from 2013 to 2017. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Statistics at the University of Missouri in 2013, and his M.S. from the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006. His research interests include informative subdata selection for big data, model selection, model averaging, measurement error models, and semi-parametric regression.

UConn PCS: Jun YanJun Yan is a Professor of Statistics at the University of Connecticut. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2003. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa before joining UConn in 2007. His research interests include survival analysis, clustered data analysis, multivariate dependence, spatial extremes, and statistical computing. He is actively involved in applications and education of data science in public health, climate change, ecology, and sports. He has a special interest in making advanced statistical methods widely accessible via open-source software. Dr. Yan is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and is the Editor of the Journal of Data Science.

More info is available at http://merlot.stat.uconn.edu/~jyan/.

Creative Coding

Creating expressive art and design works through web programming

Learning to code can be challenging. It can also be incredibly rewarding. But what if it could be fun too? Creative coding is about utilizing code as a design medium. Rather than focusing on functional output, the goal is to build something expressive in the form of entertainment, interactive art, sound art, and more.

Using the web as our platform, students will

  • create interactive experiences in the web browser with p5.js
  • learn methods and techniques for creating generative art

UConn PCS: Creative Coding

Sessions Offered

Session 1: July 10 - July 16

Format

On Campus, In Person

Related Courses

Video Game Design

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

Students will learn the basics of JavaScript through the use of p5.js (https://showcase.p5js.org/#/2020-All), including

  • Data Types
  • Functions
  • Objects
  • Arrays

UConn PCS: Creative Coding

UConn PCS: Creative Coding

UConn PCS: Creative Coding

Meet the Professor


 

Brian Daley joined the Digital Media & Design program in Fall 2017. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, Brian served as an adjunct lecturer for several years in the Web Design & Development concentration.
For nearly 20 years, Brian has been creating for web and mobile platforms as a professional web developer. His work includes projects like the UConn homepage and UConn Health, as well as many other high-profile digital marketing campaigns and websites.
Brian is a Co-Director of the Digital Experience Group (https://dxgroup.core.uconn.edu/), a multidisciplinary team composed of Digital Media & Design faculty members with assistance from staff, graduate students, and paid interns. The DX Group offers collective decades of experience in web design, UI / UX design, application development, and technological innovation.

Email: brian@uconn.edu

Twitter: @UConnWebProf

Education: MS in Computer Science (candidate), Georgia Institute of Technology
BS, University of Connecticut, 2003

Areas of Research/Artistic Focus: U/X Design

UConn PCS: Brian Daley

Explorations in Transparent and Opaque Watercolor

Learn basic and experimental techniques in transparent and opaque watercolor

Welcome to Watercolor! Students in this course will learn some gorgeous techniques to create realistic, abstract and experimental paintings in transparent watercolor. Adding to your new skills in transparent watercolor, you will learn how to use opaque watercolor (gouache) so that you can create complex layered effects. You will learn how to control the paint to create realistic effects as well as experimental techniques.

In addition to working on class projects to learn new painting skills, you will enjoy some open studio time to experiment and create self-expressive work. You will be inspired by seeing the work of historic and contemporary watercolor painters

Students taking this course will:

  • Learn three basic techniques in transparent watercolor which is considered to be one of the most beautiful but difficult painting mediums to master.
  • Become a versatile painter through projects that introduce a range of subject-matter including realistic painting, abstract and pattern based painting,
  • Learn about and become inspired by the work of historic and contemporary watercolor painters

Sessions Offered

Session 1: July 10 - July 16

Format

On Campus, In Person

Related Courses

Animation Studio

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Transparent watercolor: Students will learn traditional and experimental techniques in transparent watercolor
  • The following techniques in transparent watercolor are: transparent layers, wet-in-wet, experimental effects with salt, spattering and dripping
  • Gouache: The saturated opacity of opaque watercolor (gouache) will compliment skills learned with transparent watercolor in individual and combined paintings.
  • Specific class projects to help learn new skills along with open studio time for experimentation and self-expression

Image of student painting

Image of student painting

Image of student painting

Meet the Professor


 

Kathryn Myers is a painter who has worked in transparent and opaque watercolor for over forty years. She has taught watercolor at The University of Connecticut since 1984.

Her own work focuses on architecture, particularly from India where she has spent a lot of time researching the art and culture of India. See her work at www.kathrynmyers.org

Professor Myers

Nutrition: Food Science and Technology

Explore the Science of Food

Understanding the science and technology behind food products helps us to make healthy food choices. Not only does this translate to our everyday lives, but it can also pave the way to an interesting career path that combines science, nutrition, healthy safety and best of all, food. The field of food science and technology includes food microbiology and safety, food quality assurance, food engineering and technology, food chemistry, product and formulation development, food packaging, sensory evaluation, food marketing, and food regulations.

This course is composed of in-class lectures and hands-on laboratory experiments to help students turn their knowledge of the principles of food science into practices as a food scientist. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to make healthy food choices by understanding scientific principles behind food preparation and processing.

UConn PCS: Food Science

Sessions Offered

Session 1: July 10 - July 16

Format

On-Campus, In-Person

Related Courses

TBD

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Basic terminologies and concepts of food production
  • Modern technologies used in the food industry
  • Key practices to assure the quality, safety, and palatability of raw and cooked foods
  • General facts and relevant food regulations that consumers should be aware of
  • Career opportunities in the field of food and nutrition

UConn PCS: Food Science

UConn PCS: Food Science

UConn PCS: Food Science

Meet the Professor


 

Yangchao Luo, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Food Science in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. He studies food chemistry and engineering to ensure the safety and quality of products, as well as innovative food processing technologies to manufacture novel food products. Dr. Luo was recently recognized by Web of Science as one of the World's Most Highly Cited Researchers for 2019 in the field of Agricultural Sciences. He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Agriculture and Food Research.

Check out this web page to learn more about Prof. Luo: http://luo.uconn.edu/

UConn PCS: Yangchao Luo

Pre-Med: Human Anatomy & Physiology

Learn through Direct Examination, Simulation, and Dissection

Our Human Anatomy and Physiology course is the perfect starting point for students interested in entering medical or related health-care fields. In this in-depth look at systemic human biology, you will explore how the cardiovascular, pulmonary, musculoskeletal and nervous systems all work together to help you function. In UConn’s new, state of the art Human Anatomy Learning Lab, you will learn how the body is assembled and how the major organs relate to body function. This hands-on experience will provide an inside-out look at human anatomy and physiology and is an opportunity that most students who are interested in the medical field are not afforded until graduate school.

Sessions Offered

Session 1: July 10 - July 16

Format

On-Campus, In-Person

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • the way people are put together and how the systems of the body work together using three hands-on approaches:
    1) direct physical examination
    2) simulation with interactive practice dummies
    3) human cadaver dissection

Students in Pre-Med class

Meet the Professors


 

Jeffrey M. Kinsella-Shaw, Ph.D., P.T. is an Associate Professor and Director of the DPT Program in the Department of Kinesiology. His areas of expertise include adult development, balance and falls, cognitive psychology, geriatric physical therapy, motor control, motor Learning, and neurological physical therapy.

Professor Kinsella-Shaw

Maryclaire Sullivan Capetta, PT, DPT, is a Physical Therapist and Clinical Instructor at the Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic. She joined the Nayden Clinic in 2007. She received a B.S. in Allied Health in 2003, a M.S. in Physical Therapy in 2004 from the University of Connecticut and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, FL in 2013. Her clinical and educational interests include orthopedic manual physical therapy, lymphedema management, wound care, and neuromuscular physical therapy. She is the Faculty Advisor to the Student American Physical Therapy Association, the physical therapy student professional organization at the University. She has served on the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association Board of Directors since 2007 in multiple capacities. She currently serves as the Connecticut Chief Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates.

Professor Maryclaire Capetta

Marine Biology

Learn how scientists are studying the effect a changing climate has on marine life

The course is designed to provide an overview of the interaction between marine life and ocean processes. When we study living things in the ocean and how they interact with their environment we actually study marine ecology. We will use Long Island Sound as our outdoor laboratory to study coastal marine ecology and learn the tools marine biologists and oceanographers use to understand the impact of climate change and human activity on marine life. Marine scientists use the data and results from research of ocean processes such as ocean temperatures, currents, chemistry, geology and as well as biology to plan and carry out conservation measures to protect marine life.

Our goals for you once you have completed this program are:
1) That you leave the program with a better understanding of how scientists discover and explain the workings of the natural world
2) How oceanography helps us to appreciate and manage our planet
3) Marine Biology includes life from the microscopic algae to largest of whales and their survival depends upon our stewardship of the oceans.

This will be accomplished by touching on specific principles of marine biology and marine science in general, applying some mathematical analysis, and hypothesis testing and applying reasoning that will converge all our topics to not only develop a better appreciation of the marine environment.

Elements of marine chemistry and marine physics are explored using instrumentation.  You will collect data from field measurements and chemical analysis and record qualitative observations. Homework will be comprised of generating graphs and contemplating questions we plan to discuss during the next class.  The discussions about the data and observations will generate a final group “report” on Baker’s Cove as a snapshot of the health of Eastern Long Island Sound.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed two years of high school science and math through Algebra I to take this course.  High School transcripts will be evaluated to confirm this requirement has been met.  

UConn PCS: Marine Biology

Sessions Offered

Session 1: July 10 - July 16

Format

On Campus, In Person

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Measure and interpret coastal ocean properties in the laboratory and using instruments on the water: salinity, oxygen, temperature and nutrients
  • Determine how these properties affect marine life composition
  • You will observe and explore several different types of coastal marine habitats
  • Marine biology hands-on topics: the algae and seaweeds, invasive species, invertebrate ecology, fish seining, dissections of preserved animals
  • Apply some mathematical analysis, hypothesis testing and reasoning that will converge all our topics to develop a better appreciation of the marine environment.
  • Learn the types of conservation methods and restoration efforts that are taking place globally and locally

UConn PCS: Marine Biology

UConn PCS: Marine Biology

UConn PCS: Marine Biology

Meet the Professor


 

Dr. Claudia Koerting has been a scientist, faculty member and academic advisor in the department of marine sciences for nearly twenty years and she has been teaching at UConn for nearly 30 years. Her research at UConn has included marine benthic ecology, detection and ecology of marine pathogens and analysis of toxin producing microalgae but she now focuses on water quality. She is the undergraduate program coordinator for Marine Sciences. Currently Dr. Koerting teaches several undergraduate courses and mentors undergraduate research projects. Her interests and research continue in the fields of marine chemistry and marine microbiology.

Professor Koerting

Pharmacy: Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery

Develop a working knowledge of the drug discovery process

This course will provide students with an overview of the entire drug development process. We will start with how pharmaceutical companies determine what disease they want to target and work our way through the entire discovery process over the one-week course, ending with post-approval monitoring by the FDA. Along the way, we will answer a variety of specific topics including the following: what is a lead compound, what are drug-drug and drug-food interactions, and how do clinical trials work. Much of our discussion on these topics will revolve around the development of currently used drugs such as Lipitor (high cholesterol), Januvia (type II diabetes), and Harvoni (hepatitis C).

By the end of their week in this course, students will be able to describe the general steps taken by a pharmaceutical company to produce a drug. Students will also gain hands on experience in both chemistry and biochemistry-based science experiments. Finally, students will be introduced to several career options associated with drug discovery, research, and pharmacy.

Sessions Offered

Session 1: July 10 - July 16

Format

On Campus, In Person

Related Courses

Chemistry

Pharmacy Practice

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Students will learn key steps of the drug discovery process.
  • Students will learn about the interdisciplinary nature of drug research.
  • Students will perform several chemistry-based experiments in the lab.
  • Students will perform an experiment to test the anti-bacterial properties of several compounds.
  • Students will tour several research labs at UConn.

UConn PCS Chemistry

Chemistry Course

Chemistry Course

Meet the Professor


 

Dr. Kyle Hadden

Dr. Kyle Hadden is Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and the Director of Research and Graduate Programs in the School of Pharmacy at UConn. He received his BS in Chemistry from Wofford College in 2000 and his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2004. Dr. Hadden started his independent career at the University of Connecticut in 2009. Throughout his career, Dr. Hadden’s primary research interests have been the early stage development of small molecules as anti-cancer chemotherapeutics and several projects in this area are ongoing in the Hadden lab.

As the Director of Research and Graduate Programs, Professor Hadden plays a primary role in the recruitment and progression of graduate students. He also works directly with other faculty in the Department and School to enhance individual and collaborative research efforts. Professor Hadden teaches in both the pharmacy and graduate curriculum at UConn and has mentored a wide-range of students and postdoctoral fellows in his research lab.

Digital Animation & Motion Graphics

Examining the Complexities of Today's Multimedia Productions

Combining design, technology and the ever-expanding media, our Digital Animation and Motion Graphic course gives students the opportunity to dive into the complex world behind multimedia productions. This class aims to provide students with the conceptual and practical tools for understanding and creating the diverse range of time-based media that have come to be known as motion graphics and digital animation. Throughout the course, students will create visual effects and animated graphics for television, film, web, and other types of multimedia productions using:

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere Pro

By the end of this course, the student will:

  • Have an understanding of commercial motion graphics and animation production and film process
  • Strengthen current industry technique including Adobe software
  • Be able to create basic motion graphics and animations based on stories and infographics

Sessions Offered

 Session 1: July 10 - July 16
Session 2: July 17 – July 23

Format

On-Campus, In-Person

Related Courses

Video Game Design

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Activities that will help communicate and tell stories through motion, art, and design for games, films, and the web.
  • Engage with areas of concentration including games, motion graphics, concept art, animation, modeling, and visual effects.
  • Learn real-world skills from leading designers, artists, and entrepreneurs.
  • The primary goal is to create problem solvers who strike a balance between traditional art and technology, and between individual vision and teamwork. With a fundamental understanding of digital tools and their creative applications, graduates meet the demands of a diverse and expanding job market in visual storytelling.

UConn PCS: Digital Media

UConn PCS: Digital Animation & Motion Graphics

UConn PCS: Digital Animation & Motion Graphics

Meet the Professor


 

Heejoo Gwen Kim works as an experimental mixed-media filmmaker, new media arts, and educator currently creating projects focusing on social issues, such as microaggressions, feminism, elder abuse, and human trafficking in experimental narrative film structures. She holds MFA degrees from The School of Art Institute of Chicago (MFA in Film, Video, New Media and Animation) and The University of Illinois at Chicago (New Media Arts) and BFA degrees from The School of Art Institute of Chicago (Art and Technology Studies) and Hongik University (Painting and Drawing).

Her films and installations have been internationally presented at festivals and galleries in Germany, UK, Lebanon, Mexico, Bulgaria, Turkey, France, Philippine, India, Latvia, Canada, Korea, Italy, Ecuador, and throughout the United States. Her films have received awards including Best Animation, Best Experimental Film, and Best of Show at several international film festivals. She had been a director, curator, an adjudicator for International Animation + New Media Art festivals, conferences, and shows.

Currently she is teaching at University of Connecticut. She previously taught at The University of Montana in Media Arts, The School of Art Institute of Chicago in Art and Technology Studies, Bowling Green State University in Digital Art, and Columbia College Chicago in Interactive Arts and Media.

Image of Heejoo Kim