Robot Challenge

Final year engineering students racing semi-autonomous mobile robots that they have designed and built at Harper Adams.

Year of Publication2010

Engineering students at Harper Adams were challenged to design and build a small wheeled robot which can automatically navigate around an obstacle course. The assignment is part of the Control Systems and Mechatronics module for fourth year Agricultural Engineering and Off Road Vehicle Design students at the University College. Students were given a standard robot kit but were encouraged to research different varieties of sensors, such as light and compass sensors. The finished robot then needed to complete the course in less than three minutes, staying within the course boundaries. Technologies similar to those explored in this module are already in place at Harper Adams, with the use of an automatic feed sweeper at the new dairy unit.

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roboticsprecision steeringmechatronicsautomationgpscontrol systemsguidance
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