Robots at Dal
Hierarchical Anticipatory Learning Lab
Machine Learning & Robotics Course
Autonomous Robotics Course
IGVC 2013: Initial Construction
Starting with a frame and wheels!
Getting ready to wire…
The wiring process
You will not believe how hard it was to mount these encoders!
Spring mounted motors
We had to build a ramp to move the robot out of the workshop!
On the ramp
Visiting the CS department!
A pretty rapid prototyped component to align the camera mount
The camera mount
Scoping the wireless E-Stop signal
The wireless E-Stop
The not wireless E-Stop
We also did a lot of maths…
IGVC 2013: First Tests
Some final tinkering…
Robots are happier when they have a computer!
Watching Rohan program in the cold…
Tyre change? No big deal!
We visited our sponsor Ultra Electronics. Mike was happy to drive!
Type faster! Or else!
Setting up a practise course in the parking lot.
IGVC 2013: Looking Good…
Heating the acrylic sheet to bend it into a rain cover
Rain cover looks ballin’ !
The Whole Shebang
Inside there are some sweet gas springs to allow access to internal wiring
Out on the field
We can park with the big boys…
Or in the CS cube farm
IGVC 2013: Life Through a Robot’s Eyes
We use a stereo point cloud to obtain object distances…
Allowing the robot to localize red and blue flags in 3D space
We pull white chalk lanes out of the video feed
The robot makes an obstacle map and plans the best path around
System level block diagram (for the technically curious!)
IGVC 2013: The Competition
Can you spot the robot in the hotel room?
This is the obstacle course we had to complete
We quickly ran out of daylight..
And did lots of nighttime programming
Torrential rain on the last day turned the field into a mud bath