Faculty Advisor

Emanuel, Alexander E.


This project explores the development of an educational robotics platform that focuses analog circuit design and models the specific behavior of a wall-following controls loop under varying conditions. While most platforms encourage mechanical development, this platform allows users to rearrange magnetically interconnected circuit components. Each component is current-protected and displays the signal travelling through it, thus users can observe as the behavior of the device changes and begin to develop a qualitative understanding of analog circuit design. This implementation of this platform follows walls. The task is simple to implement, yet the control theory behind the negative feedback is complex enough that modifying the circuit can produce some very interesting results.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering