During the past year, there have been major implosions of robot startups, such as with Jibo, Anki and Rethink Robotics. They all raised substantial amounts of capital from top-tier investors and had strong teams.
So why the failure? One of the main reasons is the extreme complexities of melding software and movable hardware. As a result, the technology often does not live up to expectations.
The test itself will become available later in August 2019.
The SYDE/BME Readiness Assessment is a diagnostic test. The questions on the assessment cover fundamental background for the courses that students will take in their first term. It is not for credit – rather, a tool to help identify areas where students need support. The assessment can be done from a personal computer with an internet connection.
Professor John McPhee, P.Eng., studies things that move. What does that mean exactly? In McPhee’s words, his “research is devoted to the modelling, control, simulation and design of dynamic physical systems.”
McPhee, who received his degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Acadia University, the Technical University of Nova Scotia and the University of Waterloo, is currently a professor in Systems Design Engineering and the Canada Research Chair in System Dynamics at the University of Waterloo.