The Melbourne University Electrical Engineering Club (MUEEC) launched the Autonomous Robotics Research Program 2017 (ARRP) early this semester. All of the participants are required to build a versatile robotics platform in teams. The teams have been working on this project for two weeks, and are currently in the preparation stage.

Participants can meet and work in the Design and Build (DnB) Lab every Wednesday evening. Considering that there are both undergraduate and graduate students, the task of the first week was to be familiar with some basic hardware like the Arduino Unos, which are great for prototyping and testing ideas before implementing them on the Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) to be used in the competition. In the second week, most teams began doing calibration of Range-Finder infrared sensors, filtering, and learning about Servo Motors and some even combined the two to make a scanning Range-Finder.

As you can see in the photos, there was lots of serious thought and heated discussion over pizza.




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