Faculty Project Proposal Summary

Calendar Year 2014 Program



Faculty Name & Department/School:  Geoffrey Hollinger (School of Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering)


Research Project Title:  Planning and Learning for Autonomous Robotic Vehicles


Project Overview:  Autonomous robotic vehicles are quickly moving into the mainstream. Examples include autonomous rotorcraft (featured on YouTube) capable of surveillance and manipulation tasks, autonomous underwater vehicles capable of traveling into the ocean to gather data for scientists, and autonomous ground vehicles capable of assisting with everything from reconnaissance to agricultural production. This project focuses on the development of planning and learning methods to improve the process of gathering sensor information with autonomous robotic vehicles.


What skills will students obtain in this project? Students will learn basic skills for working with autonomous robotics systems. Programming, mathematical analysis, and mechanical design skills will be employed and learned during the course of this project.


Student research tasks: In the first term, students will survey the literature for methods to optimize the gathering of sensor information and will compile a report of competing methods. In the second term of the project, students will select an appropriate method and provide a formal description of the method. The project will conclude with an implementation of the method in simulation using a programming language.


Number of hours per week expected of student: 5-10 hours per week


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