Abstract Title

Eagle Robotics Autonomous Fire-Fighting Robot

Faculty Mentor Name

Stephen Bruder

Format Preference

Oral and Poster Presentation

Abstract

The Eagle Robotics team is focused on the creation of an autonomous mobile robot platform capable of competing in the 2017 RoboGames firefighting robot competition. In order to fulfill the requirements of the challenge, the student led team must design a robot capable of navigating a small maze in search of a lit candle. Upon identifying the flame of the candle, the robot must extinguish the fire and then return to its starting location thus completing its mission. To address this challenge, the students on the Eagle Robotics team have implemented a variety of sensors to allow their robot to interpret the environment of the maze. For the purpose of navigation, the team has included a 360o laser distance scanner, an infrared line sensor, and an ultrasonic range sensor. In order to identify the flame of the candle the team has implemented an array of infrared light intensity sensors and a non-contact infrared thermometer. The information from all of these sensors is processed by an on-board microcontroller which allows the robot to analyze its environment and respond appropriately. Additionally, the navigation routine includes methods of path optimization to reduce the time of operation, which may improve the teams score during the competition. Beyond the scope of the competition, this robot demonstrates the properties of a self-controlled system that could aid in firefighting applications in industrial or residential environments, reducing the need for people to enter such a dangerous environment.

Eagle Prize Award, Poster Presentation, Invited Oral Presentation

Location

AC1-ATRIUM

Start Date

3-31-2017 11:00 AM

End Date

3-31-2017 3:00 PM

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Eagle Robotics Autonomous Fire-Fighting Robot

AC1-ATRIUM

The Eagle Robotics team is focused on the creation of an autonomous mobile robot platform capable of competing in the 2017 RoboGames firefighting robot competition. In order to fulfill the requirements of the challenge, the student led team must design a robot capable of navigating a small maze in search of a lit candle. Upon identifying the flame of the candle, the robot must extinguish the fire and then return to its starting location thus completing its mission. To address this challenge, the students on the Eagle Robotics team have implemented a variety of sensors to allow their robot to interpret the environment of the maze. For the purpose of navigation, the team has included a 360o laser distance scanner, an infrared line sensor, and an ultrasonic range sensor. In order to identify the flame of the candle the team has implemented an array of infrared light intensity sensors and a non-contact infrared thermometer. The information from all of these sensors is processed by an on-board microcontroller which allows the robot to analyze its environment and respond appropriately. Additionally, the navigation routine includes methods of path optimization to reduce the time of operation, which may improve the teams score during the competition. Beyond the scope of the competition, this robot demonstrates the properties of a self-controlled system that could aid in firefighting applications in industrial or residential environments, reducing the need for people to enter such a dangerous environment.

Eagle Prize Award, Poster Presentation, Invited Oral Presentation