Braitenberg's robots in education and for research

Kunica, Zoran and Štampar, Tomislav and Bukal, Stjepan and Zorc, Davor (2011) Braitenberg's robots in education and for research. = Braitenberg's robots in education and for research. In: 1st Regional Conference - Mechatronics in Practice and Education MECH - CONF 2011, 08-10.12.2011., Subotica, Srbija.

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Braitenberg's concept on robotics, although 30 years old, still remains fresh and inspirational, not only in terms of education, but research, too. The paper presents the intent of development of robots based on Braitenberg's concept, under the course “Intelligent assembly systems”, of graduate study of mechanical engineering, module “Mechatronics and robotics”. Developed robot incorporates first few Braitenberg's robot configurations. The development included design of hardware and control, and covering: basic mechanical design (using Solidworks software), choice and modification of electromechanical components (sensors, RC servo motor), choice and programming of control unit (Arduino). At the moment, the robot is capable to perform simple motions actuated by light and physical obstacles. In a future work, additional sensors, hardware add-ons (arms and tooling) and wireless control will be added to facilitate even more complex robot's behaviour and ease of programming, including consideration of robots' teamwork. The latter emphasises the research motif and component of this work. Namely, availability of low-cost equipment allows development of various large- scale automatic – autonomous systems, where design-intent, systems' functioning or behaviour, surpasses traditional rationalities of aims and efficiency criteria and their measurement, establishing more volatile situation of indifference. Should construction or deconstruction occur somewhere in a second, it depends only on involved (pre-defined and instantly available) machinery?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Keywords (Croatian): robotics, design, behaviour, education
Subjects: TECHNICAL SCIENCE > Mechanical Engineering
Divisions: 900 Department of Robotics and Production System Automation > 910 Chair of Engineering Automation
900 Department of Robotics and Production System Automation > 920 Chair of Manufacturing and Assembly System Planning
Indexed in Web of Science: No
Indexed in Current Contents: No
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2016 07:13
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2018 12:47

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