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Pioneer Robot

Sharma, Vaishali (2018) Pioneer Robot. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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For decades, Robotics has been acknowledged as a pillar in industrial and commercial automation. Today, mobile robots are considered as an amalgamation of informative, intellectual, insightful and manipulative capabilities. The Pioneer Robot at Murdoch University is a mobile vehicle used for teaching and research purposes. This report will give insight into various aspects of automation and control of the Pioneer Robot employed for applications like navigation and object tracking.

The aim of this project is to remotely control the Pioneer Robot. The introductory segment of this thesis report talks about the significance of the Pioneer Robot. The second segment deals with the literature review of robots which focuses on the history of robots, structure of robotics, the essential elements and techniques employed in the field of mobile robotics and review of some works done on mobile robots. The various control boards, electronic components, and sensors utilised in controlling the Pioneer robot are discussed in the third segment of this report.

Initial hardware testing of the Pioneer Robot is discussed in the fourth segment of this report. The fifth and sixth segment of this report talks about the implementation and software development aspects of the project which includes PCB design, wireless communication setup, troubleshooting of various control boards, installation of a Pixy camera on the Pioneer Robot, and development of a software program for assigning tasks (navigation and object tracking) to the Pioneer Robot. The latter segments of this report address the challenges encountered during the project and some future works that can be done on the Pioneer Robot. The objectives of this project were achieved successfully. The Pioneer Robot is in an operational state capable of performing obstacle avoidance and object tracking task.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Supervisor(s): Cole, Graeme
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