Modular robot communication interface

Stark, Kevin (2006) Modular robot communication interface. [USQ Project]


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The field of robotics is a relatively new technology in comparison with other engineering technologies. The USQ Modular Robot is a continually evolving robot development
project which brings together a wide variety of engineering disciplines such as mechanical, electrical and software together. The past research projects on the Modular Robot
have produced a set of mechanical components to build a robot structure with, and a
set of distributed controllers on a CAN network that can provide control over motors,
actuators and sensors throughout the robot. This project aims to extend functionality
of the distributed controllers by researching and developing a control system for the
Modular Robot.
While it has not been possible to achieve full positional control of the robot due to the
lack of software functionality in the distributed modules, this project has successfully
produced a highly configurable real-time communication interface to the CAN bus.
This interface will provide the groundwork required for further research in the field of
automation and control of the Modular Robot.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:02
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: robot; controller area network (CAN); DC motor; extensible markup language (XML); virtual robot model (VRM) layer; hexconverter; bitfilter; .NET; dynamically-linked library (DLL); graphical user interface (GUI)
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091007 Manufacturing Robotics and Mechatronics (excl. Automotive Mechatronics)
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4007 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics > 400799 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics not elsewhere classified
40 ENGINEERING > 4007 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics > 400707 Manufacturing robotics

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