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Computer Assisted Goal Oriented Walking Robot

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Unique Laboratory Experiments & Programs

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8.313.1 - 8.313.11



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Chris Netherton

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Chandra Sekhar

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Jai Agrawal

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Omer Farook

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Session 1292

Computer-Assisted GOAL-Oriented Walking Robot

Omer Farook, Chandra R. Sekhar, Jai P. Agrawal, Theo Maryonovich and Chris Netherton

Purdue University Calumet Hammond, IN 46323


The paper discusses a senior design project which was implemented during a two-semester course, Senior Design. These two courses are the capstone courses in Electrical Engineering Technology curriculum offered in seventh and eighth semester. This project and similar projects provides the student a unique opportunity to design and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired through number of different courses.

The paper will elaborate the project “Computer Assisted GOAL Oriented Walking Robot” the design of which requires knowledge in the area of general electronics, speed and direction control of stepper motors, microcontroller embedded system design, firmware design of microcontroller, wireless communication, PC based system design, software design for PC, hardware software integration and use of transducers.

I. Introduction

As per Webster’s Dictionary, a ROBOT is an automatic device that performs functions normally ascribed to humans or a machine in the form of a human. The applications for robotics are plenty and everywhere. Most modern assembly lines use robotic arms wherever consistent, quality, tireless work is required. The Mars Rover traversed the surface of Mars for weeks sending back valuable pictures and data about the planetary environment. Robotic toys such as Sony’s “Aibo” and “I-Cybie”, perform functions that 50 years ago, were science fiction dreams. The following paper will describe the design and construction of Computer Assisted GOAL-Oriented Walking Robot, also known as CAGOR. While this system is not quite ready to take the place of a human, it is possible with more development, that CAGOR could perform more complex functions with complete autonomy. Robots like CAGOR could be used for many applications where it would not be feasible, cost effective, or just too dangerous to use humans. Possible profitable commercial applications include but not exclusive: surveillance, bomb diffusing, mine sweeping, space exploration, remote viewing of hazardous environments and disaster victim detection. With little modification, CAGOR could also be turned into the next generation of interactive pets. The robot could “learn” the layout of a house and navigate the terrain with ease, overcoming obstacles as they arose.

“Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

MARYONOVICH, T., & Netherton, C., & Sekhar, C., & Agrawal, J., & Farook, O. (2003, June), Computer Assisted Goal Oriented Walking Robot Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11557

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