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“Tigerbot”(Autonomous Robot)

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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DEED Poster Session

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10.1488.1 - 10.1488.12



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Rasoul Saneifard

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“TIGERBOT” (Autonomous Robot) Rasoul Saneifard Shahryar Darayan Oyekunmi Fakunle

Department of Engineering Technologies College Of Science and Technology Texas Southern University Houston, Texas 77004

Abstract - This paper demonstrates artificial intelligence through the construction of a simple robot developed by converting a toy vehicle. The circuitry of the toy vehicle was redesigned and incorporated with proximity sensors, thereby turning the vehicle into an autonomous self-contained robot (“Tigerbot”). This robot has the ability to roam, avoid obstacles without human intervention, and is speech capable. The authors demonstrate how machines can be designed to be aware of their surroundings and adapt accordingly. In the future, artificial intelligence concepts employed in this project may be applied in the design of other machines that would assist humans in performing common household chores. This article represents efforts by students implementing knowledge acquired in a Capstone Senior Project course.


The basic electronic transistor has steadily become smaller with a corresponding increase in capability due to the advancement of technology in the world of electronics. It is now possible to embed millions of transistors onto a single microchip. Using a network of these transistor- embedded chips, innovators are now able to develop industrial machinery that exhibits “artificial intelligence.”

However, in consumer household machineries/equipment, there has been relatively slow progress in emulating this intelligence as compared to industrial settings. Only recently, this celebrated intelligence has been incorporated into a few household products, such as robotic lawnmowers and vacuum cleaners. Such products must, of necessity, have the ability to “sense” their environment through reading and interpreting data received through sensors, to enable the system to autonomously roam, avoid obstacles, and be speech capable. The objective is to produce a machine that can perform many common household chores with or without limited human interaction.

The changing environment of the average home (such as one-story, two-story, size, changing needs of individuals, etc.) is one of the major elements responsible for the slow emergence of intelligence-based household products. To overcome this obstacle, a new breed of versatile household products that would adapt to the unpredictable household environment would have to be designed and produced. This type of intelligence would merge home equipment and appliances to function as a single unit [1, 2, 3].

Saneifard, R. (2005, June), “Tigerbot”(Autonomous Robot) Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15562

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