Aacc Schedules Course In Robotics

January 06, 1991

A hands-on course at Anne Arundel Community College has professional engineers and computer programmers joining students to learn how to work with the new technology of robotics.

Electrical engineer Don Brennan of Shrewsbury, Pa., recalls contacting colleges and universities in both Pennsylvania and Maryland to find instruction on robotics. He had no luck--until he discovered the new course offered this fall at the college.

The course is Embedded Systems Programming in C, which teaches students to program a microprocessor chip using the C programming language. The college created the course to address a training need identified by industry and working professionals, said Richard Seabrook, chairman of the college computer technologies division, and Mike Marek,computer science insturctor.

The latest high-tech trend in industry employs the use of a microprocessor inside larger equipment such as automobiles and telephones. Today, industrial designers program processors embedded in machinery to carry out functions that formerly required complex circuitry.

As the use of robotics became more prevalent, industry officials discovered their employees lacked the skills necessary to command robots to perform tasks. Robotics requires a combination of engineering and programming skills, Seabrook said, and many professionals train in one field or the other --engineering or computer science.

The college is offering the course this spring from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Information: 541-2433.

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