Presentation Title

A Low Cost Agile Robot for Outdoor Collectives

Faculty Mentor

Radhika Nagpal

Start Date

18-11-2017 12:30 PM

End Date

18-11-2017 1:30 PM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 102

Session

Poster 2

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

Many robotic research groups take inspiration from insects and other animals when creating autonomous swarms. Swarm robotics has heavily revolved around researching robotic behavior within indoor activity, resulting in outdoor swarm robotics being a field of very minimal research. Before this summer, the Self-Organizing Systems Research (SSR) Lab at Harvard University focused on indoor robotic activity, however, our task was to use bioinspiration to build and program three autonomous robots that function outdoors. Each robot utilizes an UP board 4GB RAM, Intel RealSense RGBD camera, Adafruit DC & Stepper Motor Hat for Raspberry Pi, and HC-SR04 Sonar Sensors, however the chassis and locomotion mechanisms are different resulting in heterogeneous swarm. We started our research by beginning autonomous robotic activity within hallways and crowded classrooms, ultimately moving to our climax of testing our robots outdoors. Through our greatest accomplishments and biggest failures, we continued to push forward and by the end of the summer, our group had reached our overall goal. At the conclusion of our project, our results showed that we were successfully able to create outdoor moving robots that interact with their surrounding environment by using the mechanical features and computational approaches together to “see” and “feel” surrounding objects. Our robots are capable of avoiding collisions and detecting upcoming obstacles without issues. This research has significantly helped the SSR Lab's goal of being capable of creating functioning outdoor autonomous robots.

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A Low Cost Agile Robot for Outdoor Collectives

BSC-Ursa Minor 102

Many robotic research groups take inspiration from insects and other animals when creating autonomous swarms. Swarm robotics has heavily revolved around researching robotic behavior within indoor activity, resulting in outdoor swarm robotics being a field of very minimal research. Before this summer, the Self-Organizing Systems Research (SSR) Lab at Harvard University focused on indoor robotic activity, however, our task was to use bioinspiration to build and program three autonomous robots that function outdoors. Each robot utilizes an UP board 4GB RAM, Intel RealSense RGBD camera, Adafruit DC & Stepper Motor Hat for Raspberry Pi, and HC-SR04 Sonar Sensors, however the chassis and locomotion mechanisms are different resulting in heterogeneous swarm. We started our research by beginning autonomous robotic activity within hallways and crowded classrooms, ultimately moving to our climax of testing our robots outdoors. Through our greatest accomplishments and biggest failures, we continued to push forward and by the end of the summer, our group had reached our overall goal. At the conclusion of our project, our results showed that we were successfully able to create outdoor moving robots that interact with their surrounding environment by using the mechanical features and computational approaches together to “see” and “feel” surrounding objects. Our robots are capable of avoiding collisions and detecting upcoming obstacles without issues. This research has significantly helped the SSR Lab's goal of being capable of creating functioning outdoor autonomous robots.