Department

Computer Engineering Department

Degree Name

BS in Computer Engineering

Date

3-2013

Advisor(s)

John Seng

Abstract

Roborodentia is an autonomous robotics competition held each year during Cal Poly’s Open House. For the 2005 competition, robot entries needed to navigate a maze searching for three randomly placed golf balls, collect them, and then deposit the balls in the “nest” at the end of the maze. A newly added aspect for the 2005 competition included two bonus balls that were placed on a platform behind the wall in two predetermined corners of the maze.

Caddy is a robot that was entered into the 2005 Roborodentia competition. Caddy included a vision system that allowed searching for balls down untraveled corridors and computing a best path through the maze based on this information. This was an unprecedented approach for the Roborodentia competition that gave Caddy a significant advantage in run time performance over robots programmed to traverse the entire maze in search of balls.

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