June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
14.1356.1 - 14.1356.11
System Design Methodology with Voice / Video Interactive Robot
An Interdisciplinary Course
The paper expounds the curricular details of the course that integrates different disciplines of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. The voice/video interactive robot design is a senior level course and is an attempt to assemble most, if not all, of the technologies and subjects that are taught in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department. The course is an attempt to provide the learner the latitude to freely master the art of system design by integrating the hardware and software system design principle. This course is also a showcase course to provide an Experiential Learning Platform.
This course is offered in the form of Learning Modules. The paper discuses the course system design modules in details which encompasses: Power Electronics, Microcontrollers based and Embedded System design and Embedded System Programming, Object-Oriented Programming (OOP), Design and use of Graphical User Interface (GUI), Client – Server Network Distributed System Design and Socket Programming, Digital Encoders, Motor Control, Basic Electronics and use of Analog Devices.
The course theme is to design the voice/video interactive robot that can be controlled over the Internet from anywhere the user can access the Internet, or can be controlled over a local area network. The paper elaborates how a GUI client/server application establishes a Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) connection and passes commands and information between the Client and Server. The server application then forwards any commands from the client through a serial link to the micro- controller, which controls the robot’s drive motors and monitors the sensors.
The voice/video interactive robot utilizes a set of Net cameras to establish voice and video communication between the environment surrounding the robot and the remote user. The camera located on the robot is a pan-tilt-zoom camera for maximum visibility with the robot in a standstill position. The paper also elaborates the Pedagogical framework in which the course is conducted.
Purdue University Calumet is a commuter institution that has a large percentage of part time students. The part time student on the average takes between six to seven years to complete the requirements for the degree. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) department offers a two plus two program leading from an Associate degree to a Baccalaureate degree. The student can also continue for a Master in
Farook, O., & Sekhar, C., & Bouktache, E., & Agrawal, J., & Goodall, J. (2009, June), Voice Video Interactive Robot Design Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/5171
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