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Robotic Vehicle Driver - Success!
Leon Grossman

Robotic Vehicle Driver - Success!

Some time ago, the staff of the Advanced Powertrain Research Facility at Argonne National Laboratory asked me if we could create a robotic driver to control speed of a vehicle on their dynamometer. There are off-the-shelf solutions for this task but it would be difficult to get the level of configurability and integration needed with these systems. We used LabVIEW to develop a relatively sophisticated PID control system to handle the significant non-linearities found in the control of most ve...

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Teaching Robots to Love - Programming a Roomba
Danny Budzinski

Teaching Robots to Love - Programming a Roomba

This is the first entry in a multi-part blog about a home project programming a Roomba robot. A few weeks ago, I was coerced by my girlfriend into buying one of those silly "floor cleaning robots". Yes, I mean a Roomba. I was skeptical, but I sat down and did some research.  Little did I know that while I had been slaving away religiously vacuuming my own floors (ok, occasionally vacuuming my own floors…) since the first Roomba came out in 2002, the makers at iRobot h...

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DMC-Sponsored Northwestern Design Competition a Success!
Jody Koplo

DMC-Sponsored Northwestern Design Competition a Success!

DMC sponsored Northwestern University's Design Competition once again this year and the turnout and competition were once again amazing. What Went Down? The competition included 12 fully autonomous robots competing head-to-head in a challenge that involved scooping up balls and tossing them into another robot's playing field to score points. Aspects of this competition required finding balls, detecting their color, and all of the logic and sensors required to maneuver a robot ar...

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