Senior Research in Robotics and Biomimetics

Build a robot to compete in the Colorado Space Grant Consortium’s 2017 robotics challenge at the Great Sand Dunes National Park

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I am designing and building a robot we call the “millipede” or “centipede”. As the name suggests, this will be a multilegged device intended to compete in the next COSGC robot challenge in which robots are to make their way to a radio beacon while autonomously navigating an obstacle course designed to thwart their progress. I have built prototype legs (using a 3-D printer and some servo motors) driven by an algorithm which maintains the marching order of the legs and allows for steering control. The algorithm alone presents several interesting challenges such as getting the legs to move in a manner like a wave train and dealing with robot stability during motion.

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