Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.

Faculty Advisor

Stafford, Kenneth A.

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to design, create, and test a robotic mobile platform capable of housing and interfacing with an ice thickness measuring sensor. This robot was designed to: drive across natural snow, ice, and water surfaces; follow a user-defined path; report live position and heading information to a user. The unique auger-drive system of this robot was designed to provide efficient movement across ice, as well as buoyancy and aquatic propulsion, in the case of broken ice. A user interface was also designed and implemented as part of this project. This interface was designed to: display the live information sent by the robot; allow the user to send instructions to the robot; prompt the user for input; inform the user of the program's progress and state.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2011

Major

Interdisciplinary

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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