Bot Bunker 

The Bot Bunker is CAE’s foundation of automation. The Robotics and Mechatronics Research Lab is the largest single lab in the building and is designed to support our researchers in mechatronics, robotics, and cognitive robotics.  Humanoid robots, AI systems, and autonomous mechatronic systems for medical applications are only a few of the key areas supported by this lab.

The Autonomous Vehicles and Systems Lab is designed to facilitate a dynamic learning environment with adaptable teaching and research lab spaces. This lab will serve as the central location for equipment, be used for testing assemblies and staging. This lab lends itself to the research and development of high-performance computing, machine learning framework, real-time image processing, UAV Swarm Systems, and PLC and Automation Control. 

The Industrial Robotics Lab is a teaching lab and home to four FANUC LR Mate 200 iD/4S Fenceless Carts, a FANUC collaborative robot, and a FANUC integration cell. The collaborative robot is a CRX-10iA and the integration cell contains both a LR Mate 200 iD/4S as well as a M-1iA 0.5A delta robot.  There are also two Mini-Mover conveyors in the integration cell. 

Students enrolled in Industrial Robotics courses are trained in robot applications. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive the FANUC Robotics CERT I industry credential. This space will also be used to certify industry representatives in Fanuc Robot Training: HandlingTool Operation and Programming, as Kent State University is a FANUC Authorized Certified Education Training Facility.

A new mechatronics teaching lab will support Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) courses, mechatronics, and electronics, providing state-of-the-industry equipment for multiple engineering and engineering technology programs.

The Bot Bunker makes it possible for our students to be daring.