Carol Fairchild is the Co-Director of the Center for Robotics Software and an inaugural researcher in Baxter’s Lab at UHCL. Her research involves the use of Baxter for expanded applications and she has numerous projects with the mobile, limbed and aerial robots. She is also a member of the adjunct faculty, teaching a robotics elective and various computer engineering labs.
Ms. Fairchild is also owner and principal engineer of Fairchild Robotics, a robotics development and integration company. She has been involved in many aspects of robotics from her earliest days of building her first robot, a Heathkit Hero. She is an alumna of UHCL with an MS in computer engineering and a BS in engineering technology from Texas A&M.
She and Dr. Harman have co-written the book, ROS Robotics by Example 2nd edition; an updated edition which reflects the latest software version of ROS: Kinetic Kame.
Ms. Fairchild is also actively involved in implementing STEM curriculum and expanding a robotics program at a K-8 private school in southwest Houston. She has taught middle-school robotics, coached FIRST LEGO League, and volunteered for FIRST Robotics.
(Packt Publishing, 2016-06) Fairchild, Carol; Harman, Thomas L.
The visionaries who created ROS developed a framework for robotics centered on the commonality of robotic systems and exploited this commonality in ROS to expedite the development of future robotic systems.
From the fundamental concepts to advanced practical experience, this book will provide you with an incremental knowledge of the ROS framework, the backbone of the robotics evolution. ROS standardizes many layers of robotics functionality from low-level device drivers to process control to message passing to software package management. This book provides step-by-step examples of mobile, armed, and flying robots, describing the ROS implementation as the basic model for other robots of these types. By controlling these robots, whether in simulation or in reality, you will use ROS to drive, move, and fly robots using ROS control.
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(Packt Publishing, 2017-11) Harman, Thomas L.; Fairchild, Carol
ROS is a robust robotics framework that works regardless of hardware architecture or hardware origin. It standardizes most layers of robotics functionality from device drivers to process control and message passing to software package management.
But apart from just plain functionality, ROS is a great platform to learn about robotics itself and to simulate, as well as actually build, your first robots. This does not mean that ROS is a platform for students and other beginners; on the contrary, ROS is used all over the robotics industry to implement flying, walking and diving robots, yet implementation is always straightforward, and never dependent on the hardware itself.
ROS Robotics has been the standard introduction to ROS for potential professionals and hobbyists alike since the original edition came out; the second edition adds a gradual introduction to all the goodness available with the Kinetic Kame release.
By providing you with step-by-step examples including manipulator arms and flying robots, the authors introduce you to the new features. The book is intensely practical, with space given to theory only when absolutely necessary. By the end of this book, you will have hands-on experience on controlling robots with the best possible framework.
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