Autonomous Mobile Robotics

September 26, 2012

ME 597: Autonomous Mobile Robotics has been one of the most popular and highly rated technical elective courses in Mechatronics since its inception in 2009. This has come about in no small part due to the WEEF contributions to the purchase of robots and an indoor positioning system for the labs.

Thanks to WEEF, students get to take home their own robot throughout the semester, complete with cameras, laser scanners and onboard computing powerful enough to map the room and plan routes around obstacles. They program and drive them in their living rooms, and then demonstrate the results back on campus, making for an invaluable learning experience in getting things working outside of simulation, with all the complexities of real-world data and hardware to contend with.