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ReefBot: An educational aquarium exhibit ...

Postby scott_bentley » Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:33 pm

ReefBot: An educational aquarium exhibit and platform for developing novel robotic technology

Justine Kasznica, Program Manager, ReefBot
www.reefbot.com

ReefBot is a Pittsburgh-based team of robotics engineers, aquarists and professionals that, in collaboration with the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, recently developed a unique children’s aquarium exhibit featuring ROV and novel robotic technology at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium . The exhibit -- ReefBot: An Underwater Adventure -- has a dual role as (1) an interactive platform for educating the public about coral reef biodiversity and conservation and (2) a platform for developing underwater robotic technology for use in field research and exploration.

At the heart of the ReefBot exhibit is the tethered submersible CLEO (Children Learning through Exploration and Observation), which swims in the Aquarium’s Open Oceans Habitat. CLEO is custom version of the VideoRay Pro 4 ROV , modified to accommodate an on-board 1080P HD camera, and sporting a redesigned ReefBot shell. The CLEO ROV is unique in that it displays underwater streaming video in HD and utilizes smart camera fish recognition technology (developed by robotics grad students at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute) to actively learn the fish species in the Aquarium’s Open Oceans Habitat.

The presentation will explain the unique dual roles of CLEO as both an educational tool and a robotics research program.
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Postby scott_bentley » Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:08 pm

Justine Kasznica is a licensed attorney the Director of the Innovation Practice Institute at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Justine is a founding member of ReefBot, serving as the team's program manager, as well as its counsel and business advisor. Justine earned her bachelor degree in political science at Yale University in 2003, and received her J.D. degree from the Rutgers School of Law in 2006. After law school, she worked as a commercial litigation associate for WolfBlock LLP in Philadelphia for two years, during which time she also taught constitutional law seminars in the Politics Department at Princeton University. In 2008, Justine accepted a Third Circuit federal judicial clerkship with the Honorable Thomas Hardiman in Pittsburgh. Justine is active in the Pittsburgh community, working with local start-ups and participating in a variety of entrepreneurial and community outreach endeavors focused on robotics, innovation, and children's entertainment and enrichment.

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