Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
The paper presents an engineering design approach to develop an instructional module for college students to learn Microprocessors and Robotics using multiple sensors, microprocessors and software design tools. The module consists of research analysis, lesson content development and laboratory practice selection, which satisfies the ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology) requirement for engineering education. The research analysis covers the work reported by the scholars from MIT and other universities, where the main concern is how to enhance students’ capability in developing autonomous robots using new technologies in the industry, such as multiple sensor fusion methodology as well as working skills on cross-platform hardware (Intel, ARM, AMD and PIC, etc) and software (Linux, Windows and Androids, etc) systems. After the research paper analysis, a class activity has been developed. The activity includes teaching students to build teaming robots using the Cortex controllers programmed under Windows and the Raspberry Pi (in ARM cores) under Linux-like system with Pi Camera. The robot teaming under investigation contains two robots. The first robot equipped with an ultrasonic sensor in the front can turn in any direction. When it “sees” an obstacle ahead, it will turn left or right to avoid the obstacle. The second robot has a Cortex controller to drive the motors and an ultrasonic range finder to detect the distance between it and the front robot. At the same time, the second robot also holds a Raspberry Pi board with a Pi Camera on it. The image signal obtained from the Pi Camera is processed by the Raspberry Pi board and sent to the Cortex controller. Based on the processed image signal, the second robot can see the first robot turn left or right and follow it to turn, thus, they make a robot team. In the engineering design and implementation process, students will learn how to develop, program and test the two robots, particularly the second robot, as well as how to evaluate the result through the cross-platform systems.
He, S., & Hsieh, S. (2018, June), Multi-Sensors for Robot Teaming Using Raspberry Pi and VEX Robotics Construction Kit Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30829
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