Rutgers Navigator – Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition

The Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) is an international collegiate robotics competition that requires each university to build a fully autonomous mobile ground vehicle capable of completing an outdoor navigation challenge. This vehicle must be able to complete three navigation challenges set in a road-like obstacle course riddled with painted lane boundaries, potholes, and various types of traffic barriers. RU-IEEE will be approaching this design and programming challenge with an interdisciplinary team of mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and computer scientists capable of meeting both the hardware and software challenges inherent in robotics

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In particular, RU-IEEE is approaching these mechanical engineering challenges with a chassis constructed primarily out of 80/20, a lightweight aluminum framing system commonly used for prototyping. In combination with commercial CAD software, this material has allowed RU-IEEE to create an exceptionally modular design complete with a wishbone suspensions without sacrificing cost-effectiveness. On this chassis will be mounted an impressive array of sensors, including an inertial measurement unit, a GPS receiver, a variety of proximity sensors, and a custom stereo camera for depth perception. The output of these sensors will be fed to a on-board cluster of computers running Robot Operating System (ROS), the latest open-source framework for high-end robotics research. See our design report listed under papers for a more detailed discussion of the Navigator’s technical capabilities.

Independent Study on Field Programmable Gate Arrays

FPGAs are something that I have had a lot of interest in for quite some time, but I never had an opportunity to study due to lack of time and my involvement in other activities. The goal of this study is to program an Intel 8086 microprocessor on to an Altera Cyclone III. Once working, MS-DOS will be installed to flash memory to demonstrate the processors capabilities . This project is advised by Professor Michael Caggiano and is fully sponsored through the Altera University Program.

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autoHome – Advanced Utility to Operate Home

1356888In the Spring 2012 semester, I worked on a home automation design project that included web panel integration with physical devices and the ability to automatically control digital and analog devices. Final project work including reports can be found here.