Gennert, Michael A.
This project explores building an autonomous research robot on a 1/10 scale RC car platform. The goals of the project were to build an easy to use system that allowed for the exploration of techniques such as localization, object detection, mapping, and more. The completed robot consists of a self-contained RC car, running on battery power, that uses a camera, lidar, inertial measurement unit, and other sensors to observe the environment. Completed research explored pose estimation based on combining dead reckoning, inertial measurement unit readings, and visual odometry in an Extended Kalman Filter. The result of this project included the RC car and a build guide on replicating the process for future students.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Electrical and Computer Engineering