Autonomous racing car competition for mechatronics engineering education

Layanto, Jeffrey and Cubero, Sam and Goode, Matthew (2003) Autonomous racing car competition for mechatronics engineering education. In: 10th Annual Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice, 9-11 Dec 2003 , Perth, Western Australia.

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A robot competition is described which overcomes many inherent limitations of existing competitions. The proposed “CARbot” (Computer-aided Autonomous Racing robot) competition requires students to build and program their own sensor-guided electric-powered racing cars and race these vehicles against each other on a standard closed-loop flat track. The design and manufacture of the “official” racetrack is described briefly as well as the basic design and control specifications for a fully functional “CARbot”. Students will be able to develop useful skills relating to low-level microcontroller programming, high-level PC programming and interfacing, basic PCB manufacture and design, serial communications and protocol programming, sensor interfacing, signal conditioning, hardware debugging and feedback control programming, while they work towards building an operational vehicle to race in an end-of-semester competition

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright. Full conference proceedings held in disk format in USQ Library at call no. AV 629.89 Con.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 18 May 2010 06:52
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: autonomous racing car; “CARbot” (computer-guided autonomous racing robot); micromouse; robot soccer; robot sumo; microcontroller programming; CCD optosensor array; problem based learning (PBL)
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0902 Automotive Engineering > 090203 Automotive Mechatronics
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes

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