Here are some of Ron's and Carlo's guidelines for lab use:

  • The lab is there to be used. Be careful with the equipment, because it is expensive. However, do not panic if some software stops working or something gets damaged: things happen, and we'll try to fix them.
  • Feel free to bring to the lab anyone who helps with your research. However, please do not bring unauthorized people. If you want to show the lab to someone, please check with Ron or Carlo first, to make sure that the visit does not interfere with ongoing research, or that there is no risk for equipment damage.
  • Many pieces of equipment are mainly for use elsewhere. For instance, taking cameras from the lab for short periods of time is not only legitimate, but encouraged. However, ask Ron or Carlo first and make sure that the equipment is not being used by others, and then sign the equipment out on the Sign Out List.
  • You are encouraged to play with the equipment, even if only for curiosity. Just make sure nobody else is using it. Do not touch equipment in the lab that looks like it was calibrated.
  • Do not leave personal items in the lab.
  • Do not prop open the lab doors. If they stay open for an extended period, the campus police are automatically summoned.
  • If you use an insecure machine, create an account for yourself. Do not use somebody else's account.
  • Do not install software on machines unless it is related to work.
  • When you are done working, clean up, plug in anything that needs charging, and turn off camera supplies and lights. Please do not turn off computers.
  • Minimize food and beverage consumption in the lab, especially when robots are moving around. If you must eat something, clean up after yourself.