Charlotte, North Carolina
June 20, 1999
June 20, 1999
June 23, 1999
4.227.1 - 4.227.16
Embedded Systems Course Focuses On Autonomous Robot Applications
Ronald A. Lessard
Norwich University Electrical Engineering Department
The EE411 Micro-based (Embedded) Systems Course at Norwich University meets 3 hours for lecture and 2 hours for laboratory each week of a 14 week semester. The laboratories case study a stepper motor robot design. The robot is designed to compete in the IEEE Micromouse Competition. In addition, a wireless modem link was added to allow for simulation of other autonomous robot applications. After introducing the design from the top-down in the first laboratory, the tools and low level software concepts needed are introduced in laboratories 2,3 and 4. Laboratory 5 has the students design their own software to be added to the robot command set. This allows simulation of the Sojourner Rover operation on the surface of Mars. Other real world applications are also discussed. Later laboratories introduce the issues critical to using the MCX11 deterministic event-driven multitasking Real Time Executive. The design is pushed beyond system limits and the consequences of failure analyzed. Finally, the interface between the assembly and the ‘C’ code is presented so that the students can implement and test the flood fill maze solving algorithm on the robot. A final project as a second design experience has students apply the principles introduced in the laboratory sequence. Teaching the course in this manner has encouraged Norwich engineering students to enter the regional IEEE Micromouse competition.
Autonomous robot applications make use of many of the concepts treated in embedded systems. The Norwich University “Microprocessor-Based Systems Course“ (EE411) currently simulates development of an Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Micromouse Contest competition robot. The IEEE Micromouse competition has undergraduate IEEE members develop robots to solve an unknown 16 by 16 block maze. The robot that has the shortest time from start in the corner to finish in the center within the 15 minute trial period wins. The model robot used in the EE411 course is pictured in Figure 1. It was developed using the results of a past student senior project.
Lessard, R. A. (1999, June), Embedded Systems Course Focuses On Autonomous Robot Applications Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina. https://peer.asee.org/7626
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