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Technological developments in recent years make it possible to construct small autonomous mobile platforms equipped with computing hardware and sensors that can communicate with each other and/or with a central station. The uses of such platforms are numerous and range from military and security applications to monitoring and inspection. While low level tasks such as obstacle avoidance should be handled by the mobile robot in order to free the attention of a human supervisor, higher level tasks may require user intervention based on images and other sensory information which is provided by the platform. The way in which tasks can be specified based on the limited information provided by the surveyor(s) in a natural way is an interesting problem without a simple solution. This is mainly due to the fact that 2D images and other sensory information are only partial representations of the real 3D world. In the previous semester the IPRO team built a basic mobile platform containing a controller unit, multiple range sensors, and wireless communication. In this semester the project will focus on the following: Odometry and motion control, Obstacle avoidance and path planning, Self localization, Operating system and loader design. The project requires students with programming/hardware design skills capable and/or interested in: robotics, computer vision, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, and hardware interface and design. The time devoted to the project by the participants is expected to be equal to the time devoted to a normal 3 credit hour course. The participants are expected to provide personal weekly progress reports. Please do not take this IPRO if you already have a very busy class schedule. Please note that all the participants are expected to have some programming skills.

This project received a performance award in the Transportation & Vehicle Technologies session of the spring 2003 IPRO day.

Updated on August 18, 2003