Florida Poly Robotics is the intersection of multiple STEM disciplines that work together to create intelligent machines.
Student teams design and develop a wide range of robots to perform in competitions throughout the United States and internationally. They include autonomous robots that work independently of a human operator and pre-programmed robots that perform tasks in a controlled setting.
Florida Poly Robotics aims to provide opportunities for students to excel, innovate, and learn robotics while providing an environment to thrive in engineering and computer science. Florida Poly Robotics was established in 2015, and in its debut year, the VEX U team placed third in the state of Florida at the Florida VEX U Qualifier and Skills Event. The Combat Robotics and VEX U teams travel nationally.
Our students are proud to be highly motivated and involved members of the Florida Poly community. Not only do the robotics teams offer an opportunity to meet people, apply classroom concepts, explore new technology, have fun, and make a difference, they also add relevant and substantive skillsets and characteristics to their professional portfolios as they launch into meaningful careers.
The VEX Robotics Competition is a worldwide robotics competition organized by VEX and the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (REC Foundation). Every year/season, a new objective-based game is revealed for which new robots must be built. Typically, the game requires a 24”x24”x24” robot and a 15”x15”x15” robot to be designed, built, wired, and programmed. VEX combines mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering with computer science in this multidisciplinary and well-established competition.
Our Combat division competes with robots that we design, build, and fight in competitions throughout the country. We currently have six robots, four of which fought in competitions last year, and one of which (our 250-pound robot) is still under construction. Our two 15-pound robots currently rank first in the state of Florida, among both university and hobbyist teams.
Dr. Balasubramaniyan Chandrasekaran is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests are in the areas of robotics, sensor fusion, integration of hardware and software and its application in robotics and human-robot interaction.
Samuel de Oliveira joined Florida Poly as a laboratory technician in 2019. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2018 in mechanical engineering and subsequently completed a second internship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, researching polymer degradation in solar panels. He also was a project manager at Phoslab Environmental.
A Computer Engineering junior at Florida Poly, Mihir Lad’s concentration is Autonomous Robotic Systems. He states: “I love technology and making things from wood work to software, especially when others can enjoy the final product as much as I do. Anything that requires efficient design, logical thinking, and creativity is right up my alley. That being said, robotics is my passion. With 4 years of robotics experience in mechanical, electrical, and software engineering and as the current President of Purple Fire Robotics, I am determined to improve the world through robotics and automation.” Mihir grew up in Ontario, Canada and went to North Park Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario prior to Florida Poly.
Florida Poly is currently accepting applications for the Robotics Team for the 2021-22 entering class. New freshmen, transfers, and graduate students must have a completed admissions application on file as well as a Florida Poly Robotics application form submitted.
Talented and accomplished high school students who apply and are admitted to Florida Poly will be considered for a Florida Poly Robotics Scholarship depending upon their skill, letters of recommendation, co-curricular activities related to Robotics, academic merit, and achievements within robotics. Florida Poly Robotics Scholarships are limited and it is recommended to submit your robotics application by April 15th for scholarship review. There is no additional application other than the Florida Poly Robotics application form.
Design, planning, and practice meetings occur at least twice a week and at times on weekends prior to competitions and events. Currently there is no fee if you are eligible for a team.
Florida Poly Robotics is a time-intensive, team-centered activity that covers the length of the academic year and sometimes the summer depending upon competitions. As teams get more competitive, additional practices are sometimes needed to get coding, presentations, and robots ready to compete.
While we respect and honor students' commitments to other activities, our hope is that outside of your academic priorities, Florida Poly Robotics is next in line for your co-curricular commitment given our aspirations to compete at the highest levels of excellence.
For more information about the Florida Poly Robotics, contact Ericka Loofe at Robotics@floridapoly.edu or 863-874-4774.