A contingent of autonomous Marching Robots: Intricacies of system design and motion control

Toh Ser Khoon, G. Sen Gupta, Chris Messom, Serge Demidenko, Robert Craig

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This paper details the intricacies of system design and the challenges faced in the construction and control of a contingent of four Marching Robots. Two systems, based on different position sensing techniques and control algorithms for the synchronised movement, are presented. The first system uses infrared-red sensing (IR) to make a robot follow a white track on the marching platform beneath. The second system uses a global vision system with a camera mounted on top of the parade field with every robot wearing a "coloured hat" for identification and to facilitate calculation of its real world position and orientation. The movements are synchronized using State Transition Based Supervisory (STBS) control. The robots can move in straight lines and make sharp, accurate turns albeit using different feedback mechanisms. The robots are autonomous and remote-controlled by a PC using Radio Frequency or Infra Red wireless transmission. The control system can be adapted for industrial environment where robots need to collaborate.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICECS 2003 - Proceedings of the 2003 10th IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits and Systems
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003
EventIEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits and Systems 2003 - Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 14 Dec 200317 Dec 2003
Conference number: 10th
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome/9125/proceeding?isnumber=28927 (Proceedings)


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits and Systems 2003
Abbreviated titleICECS 2003
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
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