David M. Chelberg
Since my PCC days (high school and early college years), I have
graduated from Stanford University with both a BS in Mathematics, and
a PhD in Computer Science. I now teach at Ohio University in
Southeastern Ohio (a very beatiful part of the country). I am the
graduate chairman of the
school of electrical engineering and computer science.
I wrote a series of articles about computer chess for PCC many years ago.
In looking back I guess that was the start of my interest in artificial
I ALWAYS use games to teach AI. I always look for
odd games noone else has seen so that students can not find programs
to play them on the web. My current project uses the game brainline.
It is an old game my wife played growing up in Guyana, I think the game
is British in origin. Have you heard of it?
My PhD was in the area of computer vision.
Currently I am working on several projects related to AI. One really
exciting project is developing a team of robots to compete in the
competition. This is a kind of world-cup soccer competition for
I also have recently submitted a grant to train local teachers to
introduce robotics concepts in gradeschool and middle school. One of
the goals is to interest more students in science, engineering and
computer science, and to enhance the curriculum through the use of
manipulatives to make these concepts concrete.
We have proposed buying 20 Lego mindstorms kits to get
started. Some of the education faculty I am working with have already
tried a pilot program teaching teachers to use Lego Mindstorms. I am
definitely interested in your book. I'll keep you informed of the
success of our grant proposal.
The robocup initiative also has a robocup Jr. competition for Lego
robots. There are several ways to compete (at different levels):
dancing robots, sumo robots, soccer playing mindstorms
robots (they use a infrared transmitting ball). We hope to use the
basic ideas of the robocup Jr. competition as project ideas for teams
of students. The area around Ohio University in SE Ohio is fairly
poor and rural. Our goal in writing the proposal was to help to
inspire students to think of careers outside their local experience.
My wife and I homeschool our kids, and we have used Lego to teach our
own kids the physics of simple machines, and more recently robotics.
I also like to play with mindstorms myself. :).
David M. Chelberg <email@example.com>
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