Welcome to the MapBot Home Page
Self-Mapping Mobile Robot Capstone Project
System Block Diagram
Project Proposal Report
Project Proposal Slides
Progress Report Slides
Final Presentation Slides
Links:Dr. Malinowski's Website
GuideBot Project 2005
Contact: Stephanie Luft
The goal of the MapBot project is to develop a robot that can:
This project branches off of the GuideBot Project of 2005 by John Hathaway and Dan Leach. The robotic platform, an ActivMedia Pioneer 2, is the same. However, a significant amount of additional hardware and other modifications are being made.
The primary focus for the first semester was finding a new sensor for measuring distance. The GuideBot project team ran into some issues with the accuracy of the ultrasonic sensors available on the robot, and so for MapBot, I'll be using a laser distance meter. This has been a more challenging task than originally anticipated, as there are few sensors that meet the requirements for cost, weight, power, accuracy, and computer interface. Work continues in this area.
During the second semester, areas of focus include the software development, particularly the mapping, locating, and navigating algorithms, complete integration of all hardware, software testing, and preparation for the senior expo and project presentation. For all of the latest information, check the Weekly Updates.