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MECH_ENG 495: Mechatronics with Quadrotor Project

Quarter Offered

Spring : W 10:00 - 1:00 pm ; M. Rubenstein

Prerequisites

ME 333 or equivalent experience in mechatronics

Description

Centered around a project where teams (1 to 2 students per team) create and program a visually-guided autonomous quadrotor robot, this class focuses on advanced embedded control of an electromechanical system.  Topics include mechanical/electrical assembly, programming interfaces between an embedded computer (such as a Raspberry PI running Linux) and external sensors/actuators (such as an IMU, camera, or motor controllers), programming and tuning a timing-critical control loop for stable flight, using pre-existing computer vision software for tracking optical targets, and creating a software stack that interacts with low-level code to create a desired high level behavior.