Winter Workshop 2011

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IPRE Winter Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement Workshops

  • Location: Georgia Institute of Technology Tech Campus, Atlanta, GA. January 7, 8, and 9.
  • Hotel: Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center

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Friday January 7th

12-1pm Welcome / Registration (TSRB 132/133)
1-1:30pm IPRE Welcome
1:30:-2pm Robot Show-off and Demo Install
2:15pm-3:15pm LAB:Install Software / Robot connect
3:30-5pm LAB: Basic Python Tutorial & Dance Assignment
Handouts Media:PytonCrashCourse.ppt Media:Intro1.ppt Media:Intro2.ppt Media:advanced_python.ppt
GVU Cafe Remains Open for Robot Play

Saturday January 8th

8:30-9:30am Breakfast
9:30-10:30am LAB: Play with your Robot's Sensors
10:30-11:45am Create an assignment teams, and Q&A time.
11:45-1pm Lunch
1-2pm Camera/Vision tutorial (Jay)
 Jay's Slides
 Keith's Handouts: Slides
Graphics tutorial (Doug)
Handout: media:myro_graphics_reference.pdf 


2:10pm-3pm Preview of Myro3 (Doug Blank)
 Slides: media:pyjama-2011.pdf
A C++ port of Myro (John Hoare)
 Handouts: media:jhoare-myro-cpp-ipre-workshop-handout.pdf‎
A Java port of Myro (Douglas Harms)
 Handouts: media:Myro_Java-Presentation.pdf
3-4pm Explore Assignments
4-5pm LAB: Project work time
GVU Cafe remains open for robot play

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Sunday January 9th

8:30-9:30am Breakfast
9:30-10:30am Educator Resources & your syllabus, followed by discussion
10:30-12pm LAB: Project Demos and Discussion


A partial list of workshop participants:

Jay Summet Georgia Institute of Technology

Tucker Balch, Georgia Institute of Technology

Doug Blank, Bryn Mawr College

Sarem Sariel Taley Istanbul Technical University

Ed Harcourt St. Lawrence University

Julia Benson-Slaughter Georgia Perimeter College

Brian K. Hare University of Missouri - Kansas City

John Hoare University of Tennessee

Stu Steiner Eastern Washington University

Alisa N. Gilmore, P.E., MS E.C.E. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Chris Peters Eastern Washington University

Paul M. Rybski University of Wisconsin- Whitewater

Matthew Might University of Utah

Randy M. Dumse University of Northern Iowa

J.F. Yao Georgia College & State University

Doug Harms Depauw University

Andrew Hobbs Deleware State University

Lewis Baumstark University of West Georgia

Christine Rolka University of West Georgia

Judy Mullins University of Missouri- Kansas City

John Goulden Oklahoma City University

Assignment Ideas












iPhone remote




  1. Myro source code:
  2. Fluke source code:
  3. Myro/Java source code:
  4. Workshop images:
  5. Robot and Education Bibliography:
  6. Educator Resources page:
  7. Paper discussing open-ended robot projects: Assessing the Impact of using Robots in Education

Travel Details

Map at the Midtown area.

The workshop will be held in the Technology Square Research Building (Rooms 131/132) located at 85 5th Street NW, Atlanta GA. This building is across the street from the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (code: ATL) is your best bet for flying into Atlanta.

Travel from the Airport If you arrive in Atlanta via Air, the easiest way to get into the city is to take the light rail (MARTA) to the N3 (North Avenue) or N4 (Midtown) station. From the airport, all trains head north and will pass by N3 and N4. (Cost is $2 one way, plus a 50c fee for an RFID ticket) A one-way taxi into the Midtown zone of the city is a flat rate of $32, plus $2 per additional person, plus a $1.50 flag drop fee, plus optional tip.

Tech Trolley from N4 The Georgia Tech "Tech Trolley" offers free service from the N4 (Midtown) rail station (located at the intersection of 10th street and West Peachtree street) through the GaTech campus. (The trolley boards on the south side of the station, on Peachtree Place NE.) The first stop after you board the trolley at the Midtown station is directly outside of the Technology Square Research Building. To reach the GaTech Hotel and Conference Center, walk back 1/2 block and cross the street. Note that on Sunday the Tech Trolley only operates from 3pm-9:30pm, and the frequency is every 36 minutes.

Walking from N3 If you have rolling luggage and are arriving on Sunday when the Tech Trolley schedule is reduced (see below) you may wish to walk to the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference center from the N3 (North Avenue) MARTA rail stop. The N3 rail station has two exits, and you want to take the one at the North side of the station (continue in the direction of travel of the train you just got off to take you to the North exit.) The north exit opens into the lobby of the AT&T (formerly BellSouth) building which opens up onto West Peachtree street at 3rd street. When you reach West Peachtree street, walk north (turn left as you exit the marta station into the lobby, and then right as you exit via the revolving doors to the street). Walk north on West Peachtree (You will pass by the Center for the Visually Impaired and the Visability Store) to 5th street. Turn left onto 5th street at the Biltmore building and walk one block West to Spring Street. The Entrance to the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference center is a revolving door at the corner of 5th streets and spring streets, on the South-West corner of the intersection. They are located across Spring street from the GT Barnes & Noble bookstore, and across 5th street from the RBC Centura Bank. Route from the North exit of the N3 station to the GT Hotel and Conference Center The distance is 4 blocks, and approximately 0.3 miles.

Hotel Details

The Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center

800 Spring Street Northwest (SW corner of Spring & 5th Street NW)

Atlanta, GA 30308


Group code: 30000105863 IPRE Workshop

Reservations have already been made under your name for the nights of January 7th and 8th. If you need to also reserve a room for January 6th (GaTech rate: $109 + taxes a night) please email Jay Summet, or contact Jessica Coane at the Georgia Tech Hotel (404.838.2109).

Driving / Parking For those of you driving to the workshop, you can park in the Centergy / Technology Square Research Building parking deck.

The Centergy Building parking deck is on Abercrombie between Williams and Spring Street. You can turn onto Abercrombie from Spring Street or enter the deck directly from Williams street. The deck itself is on Williams street directly behind the Technology Square Research Building.

We can validate your parking in the TSRB/Centergy deck, bring us your ticket.

I have centered this map on the parking deck. Note that Abercrombie (not shown on the map) is a small street running between Spring and Williams behind the Centergy One and Technology Square Research building (the building with "Moe's Southwest Grill" in it.),-84.390192&spn=0.004312,0.00317&z=18

The easiest way to get to the deck is to drive west on 5th street, turn right (north) onto Williams street, and then take the next right onto Abercrombie which will drive right by the deck entrance. A walkway on the 5th level connects directly to the TSRB, which is located directly south of the parking deck.

Meal Details

Friday Lunch: Sandwich platters, pick what you'd like! (TSRB 132/133)

Friday Dinner: On your own.

Saturday Lunch: Boxed Sandwiches from Jimmy Johns (TSRB 132/133) - On Friday you will fill out a request sheet to choose your sandwich option.

Breakfast Sat/Sun: 8:30-9:30am outside of TSRB 132/133 1st floor Signature Breakfast Buffet - Scrambled eggs, grits, bacon, sausage and bagel assortment with fresh fruit salad, coffee service and juices.

Saturday Dinner: Group Dinner, Location to be decided.