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Tour Guide Robot: A Platform for Interdisciplinary Engineering Senior Design Projects

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Design Potpourri

Tagged Division

Design in Engineering Education

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25.1364.1 - 25.1364.12



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Kumar Yelamarthi Central Michigan University

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Kumar Yelamarthi received his Ph.D. and M.S degrees in electrical engineering from Wright State University in 2008 and 2004, and his B.E degree in instrumentation and control engineering from University of Madras in 2000. He is currently an Assistant Professor of electrical engineering at Central Michigan University. His research interest is in the area of RFID, timing optimization, nanometer circuit design, computer-aided design, and engineering education. He has served as a technical reviewer for NASA, IEEE/ASME/ASEE international conferences and journals, served on National Science Foundation panels, and has written more than 70 publications in both technical and educational fields. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society.

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A Semi-Autonomous Tour Guide Robot: An Interdisciplinary Platform Capstone Senior Design ProjectsAbstract Each year, prospective __ University (_U) students and their families tour the campus,deciding if __U is the right place for them. In the limited time available during the campus tour,it’s difficult for the prospective student to have a good understanding of the engineering andtechnology programs at CMU. The purpose of this project is to provide a semi-autonomous tour guide robot to provideaccurate information about the engineering and technology degree programs to the prospective__U students. This project served as a foundation for a larger research platform and serve as arecruitment tool to showcase the design projects at __U while concurrently informing theprospective students about the engineering and technology programs. The specific goals of the project are to design a navigation system where a user can choosebetween the default tour that guides the user through the building while providing informationsuch as: degree programs offered, highlights, and research conducted in the School ofEngineering and Technology, or the research labs tour where the robot guides the user acrossresearch labs and provides them with respective information about cutting-edge researchconducted in audio-visual format. The tour guide robot utilizes radio frequency identificationtechnology as navigation cues at strategic locations in the engineering and technology buildingfor effective navigation and will safely maneuver through the building and avoid obstacles thatcome across the robot’s intended path utilizing infrared and ultrasonic sensors.

Yelamarthi, K. (2012, June), Tour Guide Robot: A Platform for Interdisciplinary Engineering Senior Design Projects Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22121

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