DEXTER, Case Western Reserve University's Robotic Vehicle, Advances to DARPA Semifinals

Team Case with Dexter

DEXTER made it!

Case Western Reserve University's dune buggy-like autonomous robotic vehicle has passed nearly all of its tests and is headed to the semifinals of the $3.5 million DARPA Urban Challenge October 26-31.

DARPA, or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, announced today that Team Case along with its industry partner, ENSCO, Inc., is among a group of 36 national and international teams selected to participate in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge National Qualifying Event (NQE).

This is the first-ever entry by Case Western Reserve in the popular robotic vehicle competition, which is made up of about 30 undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from the Case School of Engineering.

"We have spent the past year refining DEXTER, and being chosen to race in the NQE represents a significant milestone in our quest to compete in the DARPA Urban Challenge," said Wyatt Newman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and faculty leader of Team Case. Read more.

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Linda Ehrlich, associate professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, has received a grant from the Program for Cultural Cooperation between the Spanish Ministry of Culture and United States Universities. Her research topic is "In the Circle of Erice: A new generation of independent Spanish film directors." Learn more.

Martin Boyle, a part-time lecturer of design and color at the university's Art Studio and Education Program, is having a solo exhibition this month at the Kendall Art Gallery in Massachusetts. Learn more.

Roger A. Lohmann, adjunct professor of social work and faculty associate of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations and an editor of Nonprofit Management and Leadership, a national journal for nonprofit managers, was recently named to the NonProfit Times "Power and Influence Top 50" list. Learn more.

August 10, 2007

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Case in the News

Case team to take robot to semifinals: Defense competition semifinals next

The Plain Dealer, August 10, 2007
Case Western Reserve University's autonomous car, DEXTER, has made it to the semifinals of the international DARPA robotic competition. The car is the result of the handiwork of faculty and students from the Case School of Engineering. DEXTER will compete in October against 35 other schools.

Bridge design links Lake, Minn. failures

The Plain Dealer, August 10, 2007
Comments from Art Huckelbridge, a professor of civil engineering at Case Western Reserve University, on what may have caused the bridge in Minneapolis and similar constructions in other cities to break.

On the move

Crain's Cleveland Business, August 10, 2007
Pictures and an overview of the Corporate Club Series luncheon at Landerhaven that featured Norman Tien, dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering, as one of the panelists.

Ironing out body odor problems

International News Network, August 10, 2007
Jerome Litt, assistant professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, is quoted in a story about the effectiveness of iron over body odor.

Higher Ed News

A study of the Upward Bound college-preparation program is becoming as controversial as the program itself

The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 10, 2007 (subscription required)
Larry Oxendine had been the director of the federal TRIO programs, which serve disadvantaged students, for only a few days when a draft report on the Upward Bound program landed on his desk. The results did not look good.

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