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Mechanical Engineering Contribution to a New Era in Robotics

Shuh-Jing Ying

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 33620, USA


Abstract: This paper was originally presented as an invited presentation at the 4th International Conference and Exhibition on Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering in Orlando, Florida, USA. The purpose of this talk is to correct the common misconception that there is not much excitement in mechanical engineering. However, it is much modified in this paper. From maintenance and improvement of existing products, such as automobiles, airplanes and ships, to creating new products like robots, many jobs are exciting in mechanical engineering. In this paper, many anthropomorphic robots are proposed, such as robots for test pilots, for firemen, for police, for soldiers, and for health services. Current status of robots is reviewed. Future products are discussed. Much information and references are added, that means the author’s original statements are verified. And if readers like to get more details, they can find from references. To lend the audience perspective regarding the author’s background, the author’s recent projects in electro-mechanical design are mentioned briefly. To make it clear, each project is attached with a picture. As robotic products are invented, many engineering jobs also must be developed. Mechanical engineering is an exciting field.

Key words: Robots, robotics, mechanical engineering, electro-mechanical design.
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