Date of Award
Matthew J. Rutherford, Ph.D.
Dr. Ing. Kimon P. Valavanis
Formation control, Leader-follower, Mechatronics, Mobile robots, Unmanned ground vehicles, XMOS
In recent years, formation control of autonomous unmanned vehicles has become an active area of research with its many broad applications in areas such as transportation and surveillance. The work presented in this thesis involves the design and implementation of small unmanned ground vehicles to be used in leader-follower formations. This mechatronics project involves breadth in areas of mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering design. A vehicle with a unicycle-type drive mechanism is designed in 3D CAD software and manufactured using 3D printing capabilities. The vehicle is then modeled using the unicycle kinematic equations of motion and simulated in MATLAB/Simulink. Simple motion tasks are then performed onboard the vehicle utilizing the vehicle model via software, and leader-follower formations are implemented with multiple vehicles.
Brune, Christopher D., "Design and Development of an Integrated Mobile Robot System for Use in Simple Formations" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 94.
Received from ProQuest
Christopher D. Brune
Robotics, Electrical engineering, Computer engineering