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As part of FIU’s School of Computing & Information Sciences 25th Anniversary celebration, the Discovery Lab at FIU hosted an open lab event on Saturday, November 10th, 2012. Discovery lab members presented a program that day for visitors with a lab tour and live robotics demonstrations. Guests included C++ creator Professor Bjarne Stroustrup, Professor Wenliang Du from Syracuse University, Sweetwater Police officers, other distinguished faculty, and children.

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Discovery Lab members (pictured left) prepared live demos and tours of the lab. Professor Jong-Hoon Kim, Director of the Discovery Lab (pictured right), explains the current projects to guests at the FIU SCIS 25th Anniversary open lab.

The Discovery Lab Director, Dr. Jong-Hoon Kim, presented the lab's accomplishments and vision for the future. Discovery lab members demonstrated the following:

  • Air Aquarium - a fully autonomous robot fish that can move on its own or via remote control
  • G.I. Bioloid - a Bioloid remotely controlled via infra-red or a PC serial connection
  • SpiderBot - a mobile Bioloid robot modeled on the same principle that moves spider legs
  • TeleBot - a telepresence robot, which incorporates video, audio, and sensory capabilities, to allow disabled military veterans and police officers to get back to the workforce
  • ISHA - Intelligent System for Home Automation
  • 3D printers - printing of custom designed 3D models

Guests were impressed and found the demonstrations informative and engaging. "The event was very well organized, thanks to your effort. I was very impressed by the changes FIU and SCIS have done since I graduated. I was extremely impressed by the Discovery Lab. I wish we had a lab like that in our department," said Professor Wenliang Du from Syracuse University.

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