Project Title

Autonomous Combat Robot

Major

Electrical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Graduation

Spring 2019

Abstract

This honors project will also serve as an engineering senior design project.

The objective is to design and build the software and electrical systems for a 60 lb weight class combat robot that will function autonomously and outperform manually driven robots during competition.

While running autonomously, the robot will use LiDAR sensors to detect and attack opponent robots. This robot will also be able to be remote controlled in manual mode. This will mitigate the risk in case the autonomy or sensors fail. LED lights on the robot will indicate whether it is in autonomous or manual mode. The system will also be able to be armed and disarmed remotely. Lastly, the robot will incorporate an emergency shut off and braking system.

The autonomous combat robot will outperform its opponents by following a variety of combat algorithms. The autonomous system will follow an intercept or escape locomotion pattern to outperform human operators. The autonomous system will also attempt to keep the robot pointed in the correct orientation, facing the opponent at all times.

Research Sponsor

Mr. Greg Lewis

First Reader

Dr. Michael French

Second Reader

Dr. Robert Veillette

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