Office of Research & Engagement Workshop Descriptions (Summary)
Featured Workshop
Fulbright Information Session

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This session will include useful information and cogent advice about applying for a faculty Fulbright fellowship, and it should serve as a good starting point for the current application process. All participants should bring a computer or smart phone. Those for whom the prospect of a Fulbright is some years away are also most welcome to attend. The application deadline this year is September 15. For more information about the Fulbright US scholar program, see

SThis is an instructor focused workshop and only faculty/staff or GTAs may enroll.
A Multidisciplinary Systems Approach to Community Engagement

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This workshop will examine social, economic, and civil systems that frame community engagement efforts and explore how to work within these systems in a multidisciplinary manner to advance shared goals with community partners.

Dr. Margo Staruch: Naval Research Laboratory Scientist Visit

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On Tuesday, 10 March the Office of Research & Engagement will host Dr. Margo Staruch, a research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Dr. Staruch will deliver a presentation about the role of NRL in the naval research enterprise as well as opportunities for faculty and students to collaborate with NRL scientists. She will also discuss her own research program involving ferroelectric, multiferroic, and magnetoelectric materials, high entropy alloys/oxides, and magnetic sensing. The presentation will be at 9:30-10:30 am in 113 Blount Hall. Please register by 6 March to attend.

This overview of IRB requirements and procedures is open to and appropriate for anyone who wishes to learn how to receive human subjects approval for research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville- whether you are new to the campus, new to human subjects research, or just want a refresher. Topics include: Do I need IRB approval, how the IRB process works, who can help me with my IRB application, and how to submit one.

R This is an researcher focused workshop.
Machine Tool and Robot Volumetric Error Compensation, Dr. Robert Landers

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This talk will discuss recent work on the volumetric error compensation of large machine tools (i.e., machine tools with strokes of several meters and rotary axes with travels greater than 180°) and industrial robots used for manufacturing tasks such as deburring. A laser tracker is used to measure the machine tool or robot geometric errors over the entire visible joint space. A 6 Degree of Freedom (6DoF) geometric error model is constructed for every joint. Each translational and rotational error for each joint is described by a set of joint-position dependent basis functions, in this case Chebyshev polynomials. The Implicit Loop Method, which is based on a maximum likelihood estimator, is employed to identify the coefficients of the geometric error model. Using this model, an optimization algorithm is used to populate compensation tables for machine tools, or the inverse Jacobian method is used to modify the joint commands for robots. In this talk we discuss the details of the new volumetric error compensation methodology and provide several examples of machine tools and robots we have modeled and compensated for a variety of industrial partners. Please note that the lecture hall holds 220 students; all waitlist registrants are able to attend.

Navigating Funding Opportunities at the NSF, Dr. Robert Landers

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This presentation will provide an overview of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and funding opportunities offered by the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation within its various disciplinary programs and through NSF crosscutting initiatives. The talk will describe opportunities that are relevant to the robotics, dynamics and controls communities, with focus on the Dynamics, Controls and Systems Diagnostics (DCSD) program. The presentation will also describe programs targeted toward junior investigators and supplemental programs, as well as guidelines for NSF’s Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts criteria.