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Wednesday, April 26 • 9:00am - 9:25am
Parallel Development Of Autonomous Robots With A Focus On Modularity

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The SoutheastCon conference, hosted annually by region three of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), invites students to engage in academic competitions at a collegiate level. As a way of representing the skills taught at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, a team of mechatronics engineering students participates most years in the Hardware Competition. For the 2017 competition, students were challenged to design and fabricate one or more autonomous robots that would navigate on a four foot by eight foot game board and complete four stages in under four minutes. Each stage required the completion of several unique electrical, mechanical, and computing tasks. In order to minimize the time required to complete the challenge, it was decided to develop a robot for each stage. The robots were designed to be modular, incorporating an interchangeable chassis to simplify the design and fabrication process. Since the completion of some stages was dependent on information from other stages, the robots were wired and programmed to send pertinent information to one another using a serial peripheral interface bus. Parallel development proved to be an efficient way to distribute the workload between team members, and modular design provided a suitable environment for rapid development. Furthermore, this approach allowed sub-teams to easily change their design without delaying or affecting the final project deadline.


Wednesday April 26, 2017 9:00am - 9:25am
417 Mountain View Room, Wilma Sherrill Center

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