Towards a Modifiable Inexpensive Platform which Implements SLAM

Fall 2009

Student
Jonas Cleveland
Advisor
John Dolan
Project description

Jonas Cleveland will be designing and constructing a medium-size mobile robot capable of autonomous navigation, digital mapping of its environment, and traversal of rough terrain such as stairs. This mobile robot will display an implementation of an inexpensive mobile robot for indoor applications. It will be designed to serve as a re-configurable test bed for attachments such as a mechanical gripper, additional processor, and additional sensors towards applications in security, domestic care, and other indoor functions.

Specific technologies which will be explored: • mechanical design for traversal of tight, unpredictable, and varying indoor spaces • environmental perception sensory: sonar, infra-red • digital mapping and interactive location-aware software • teleoperation

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