Department of Engineering & Technology
Office Address: Belk 338
Areas of Interest:
Research interests include development of complex intelligent and adaptive systems involving pattern recognition, machine learning, robotics, human-robot interaction, emergent robotic response with human teachers, robot path planning and shaping, and engineering education. Professional background includes digital electronics design including microprocessors, telecommunications data link layer protocols and switching, electronics design automation and digital design verification.
Selected Publications & Presentations:
P.M. Yanik, I.D. Walker, J. Merino, K.E. Green, A.L. Threatt, J. Manganelli, and J.O. Brooks. A Gesture Learning Interface for Assistive Robotics Using a Growing Neural Gas Approach. In Proc. of the 2013 IUI Machine Learning Workshop (IUIMLW '13) (Poster Paper), Santa Monica, CA, 2013.
P.M. Yanik and A. Ball. Implementing the Design-Build-Instrument-Test Approach for Curriculum Integration in Engineering Technology. In Proc. of the American Society for Engineering Education Southeast Section Conference, Cookeville, TN, 2013.
P.M. Yanik, J. Manganelli, J. Merino, A.L. Threatt, J.O. Brooks, K.E. Green, and I.D. Walker. Use of Kinect Depth Data and Growing Neural Gas for Gesture Based Robot Control. In Proc. of the 6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth 2012), pages 283-290, La Jolla, CA, 2012.
P.M. Yanik, J. Merino, J. Manganelli, L. Smolentzov, I.D. Walker, J.O. Brooks, and K.E. Green. Sensor placement for activity recognition: comparing video data with motion sensor data. International Journal of Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing, (5):279-286, 2011.
P.M. Yanik, J. Manganelli, L. Smolentzov, J. Merino, I.D. Walker, J.O. Brooks, and K.E. Green. Toward active sensor placement for activity recognition. In Proc. of the 10th WSEAS International Conference on Signal Processing, Robotics and Automation (ISPRA '11), pages 231-236, Cambridge, UK, 2011.
A. Kapadia, I. Walker, K.E. Green, J. Manganelli, H. Houayek, A.M. James, V. Kanuri, T. Mokhtar, I. Siles, and P.M. Yanik. Architectural Robotics: An Interdisciplinary Course Rethinking the Machines We Live In. In Proc. of the 2010 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'10), Anchorage, AK, 2010.
P.M. Yanik, G. Ford, and W. McDaniel. An Introduction and Literature Review of Fuzzy Logic Applications for Robot Motion Planning. In Proc. of the American Society for Engineering Education Southeast Section Conference, Blacksburg, VA, 2010.
P.M. Yanik, G. Ford, and B. Howell. An Introduction to Fuzzy Logic Applications for Robot Motion Planning. In Proc. of the American Society for Engineering Education Southeast Section Conference, Marietta, GA, 2009.
R.L. Anderson, G. Ford, and P.M. Yanik. Service Learning in the Kimmel School at Western Carolina University. In Proc. of the International Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2009.
R.D. Adams, J.Z. Zhang, K. Burbank, and P.M. Yanik. A Digital Logic Based Experimental Design of a DSP/Communication System for ECET Students. In Proc. of the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition, Session 1029, 2006.