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Microcontroller Controlled Walking Robot

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010



Conference Session

Robotics in Education

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Computers in Education

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15.871.1 - 15.871.9



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Kenny Fotouhi University of Maryland

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1. Dr. K. M. Fotouhi is a professor of Electrical Engineering Technology Department at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He received his MS from Oklahoma State University and his PHD from University Of Missouri- Rolla. He has published numerous papers in Electrical and Solid State Physics fields. He is actively involved in joint research in growth and developing new semiconductor. He was the recipient of 1990 University of Maryland Eastern Shore Presidential Distinguished Research Award and he is a member of the honor Society of Eta Kappa Nu.

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Susan Cooledge University of Maryland Eastern Shore

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Microcontroller Controlled Walking Robot


The objective of this project, funded by the ACTION Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, was to involve and expose undergraduate students, particularly minority and under-represented students, in research and real-world projects. One of the unique aspects of this project was the involvement and collaboration of a graduating senior student as well as a freshman student during construction and application of the robot. This arrangement was intended to provide an opportunity for peer teaching and learning. The construction and operation of an advanced walking robot was intended to display the students’ creativity and design abilities and to simulate a real world hands-on project. Students were expected to gain experience in controlling the movement of an Advanced Walking Robot (Toller Robot). To achieve a proper operating of a system, such as a robot, requires the harmony and coordination of many engineering disciplines. Students investigated the performance of the robot in relation to its environment and surrounding objects, the robot’s walk radius and its space envelope, repeatability, safe operation, and its limitations.

The project was an educational experience that benefited the students involved, including the reinforcement of courses such as: Design Technology I, II, Feedback Control Systems, and Microprocessor courses. The use of optical sensors and the ISD2560 Voice Record/Playback with a Walking Robot gave the robot the ability to move its direction away from obstacles or gave a warning message when the robot bumped into an object, making the project more interesting and challenging.


The ACTION Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore that funded this project required the involvement and participation of undergraduate students, especially minority and under-represented students, in research or real-world and hands-on projects.

The purpose of this project was:

-To help students gain knowledge of controlling motions of a Walking Robot using a microprocessor.

- To bring together a graduating senior student with a freshman student in collaborative effort to assemble, program, and maneuver the walking robot.

- To enhance students’ learning and knowledge, and enable the senior student specifically to apply the knowledge he had gained from course such as: Design Technology I, II, and Feedback Control Systems and Microprocessor courses.

Fotouhi, K., & Cooledge, S. (2010, June), Microcontroller Controlled Walking Robot Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16729

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