Date

2-2011

Degree Name

BS in Mechanical Engineering

Department

Mechanical Engineering Department

Advisor(s)

Thomas Mackin

Abstract

The purpose of this Senior Project is to develop and implement a three-dimensional mapping and navigation system utilizing laser technology on a robotic platform. The sponsor of this project, Synbotics® Incorporated, currently has an obstacle avoidance system only operating in a single horizontal plane. This limits the mapping and navigation ability of the robot because objects below and above this plane are not accounted for. A three-dimensional system is needed to allow the robot to better navigate and map an area by accounting for these objects in the third dimension and avoiding collisions. Keith Guy, Synbotics® Chief Executive Officer, requested that the system be able to autonomously navigate a boundary set terrain and create an accurate real-time three-dimensional map. This will enable the user to reference the created digital map, and direct the robot to an indicated position on the map. In addition, a secondary robot, using laser technology will be able to reference the previously created map in real-time to ensure the position and orientation of its location while determining the most efficient navigation route.

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