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Swept Volume Geometry

RobotNetwork ScriptTraining Data
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Kuka10Kuka7DOF_101010 Kuka_14_10x10x10

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Robotics Research During a Pandemic

The world has been gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the rightful first reaction of many of us has been to protect the safety and health of ourselves and our families. However, life is not completely paused, and we still have responsibilities to our research, classes, and peers. Rapidly implemented workfrom- home protocols have resulted in a widely lamented lack of worklife balance and progress in research. This column tackles these woes by presenting advice collected from the Women in Engineering (WIE) Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society on their best practices for continuing work during this challenging time. It also shares some perspectives of robotics students on how they have been impacted by the pandemic. Full paper

Covid Lab Safety Signs[1]
[1]Elena Delgado and Lydia Tapia, "Robotics Research During a Pandemic", In IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (RAM), September 2020

Molecular Docking

The models for the receptor (white), caffeine (black) and adenosine (purple)

What do flavorings, perfumes, hormones, neurotransmitters, and allergens have in common? They are all triggers of biological processes that start with a small molecule binding to a cell protein receptor. In our lab, we are interested in understanding the basic mechanisms of ligand-receptor binding.

One example of how ligand-receptor binding affects our lives is the blockage of adenosine receptors by caffeine. Adenosine-receptor binding causes sleepiness. But when caffeine binds to the adenosine receptor instead (blocking the way to adenosine), it has the opposite effect, causing alertness.

We 3D printed the adenosine ADORA2A receptor (PDB-ID: 3RFM) and the adenosine and caffeine molecules to show how caffeine gets in the way of adenosine in the receptor binding pocket. The STL files are available here if you want to print them to create your own demo activity.


Adenosine ModelMolecular DockingDownload
Caffeine ModelMolecular DockingDownload
Receptor ModelMolecular DockingDownload