Robotics & Automation Laboratory

Long Beach Public Safety Building


California State University, 

Long Beach

The Robotics and Automation Laboratory at the CSULB College of Engineering is an instructional and research laboratory. The laboratory uses instructional robots such as RHINO five axis robotic manipulators, LEGO Mindstorm robots, and Basic Stamp-based Boe-Bots from Parallax Corp. Robots are programmed in C, C++, Visual Basic and PBasic. The laboratory also uses an ER1 robot by Evolution Robotics with 1MHz P4 processor on-board for autonomous movements and for integration of machine vision with other sensor signals. In addition, students in the laboratory work on designing, manufacturing and testing robots for participation in robot battle competitions. Robotic activities at CSULB are sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Northrop-Grumman Corp., Electronic Data Systems (EDS), local industry, and by the CSULB College of Engineering.

The Long Beach Public Safety Building Facility is located in downtown Long Beach, CA. and it is currently undergoing a $30 M seismic retrofit. Part of the retrofit project is the instrumentation of the building with sensors and data acquisition systems to monitor the structural response and changes in the structural parameters. The sensors that are currently being installed on the building include: strong motion accelerometers, strain gages, fiber optic strain measurements, acoustic emission sensors, and laser-based displacement measurements.


Principal Investigator:  

Dr. Anastasios Chassiakos


STEER Research Activities:


Activity 1: Design and Manufacture of a Robot

                  for Participation in a Robot Battle


This is the continuation of a yearlong project, sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the CSULB, and high tech industry such as Northrop-Grumman, and Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Participants interested in this project can work on one of the following components:

  • Use the robot CH-53 that has already been built at CSULB, and convert it to an autonomous guidance vehicle (AGV). Autonomy is achieved via a vision system through a camera mounted on the front end of the robot. PBasic for Basic Stamp BS2, or Microsoft Visual Basic are software packages utilized to facilitate the design.

  • Design and assembly a new robot to be used for off-road competitions. This project involves ruggedizing the robot, the electronics, and the motor drives to be able to withstand the harsh off-road environment.

The knowledge gained from this activity will have a great impact on the high school as well as community college mathematics and physics education.       



Activity 2: Structural Health Monitoring of the Long

                Beach Public Safety Building

The participants who are interested in this program will work on one or more aspects of sensor characteristics, data acquisition, data processing, and data analysis. Software packages used include LabVIEW and MATLAB to facilitate the data acquisition, processing, and analysis. Experience earned in this area will assist development and modification of existing science courses offered at high schools and community colleges.


Participating Teachers:  

 Mr. Kenneth Hanson, Mr. William Lopez, and Mr. Tony Austin