The University of Adelaide, Australia
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- Adelaide Robotics Research Group
The Adelaide Robotics Research Group was formed in 2002 to further research
into robotics at the University of Adelaide. Areas which are of particular
interest to the group include micro-motion manipulators, robotic measurement
systems, mobile robotics and the modelling of insects through robotics.
Search and rescue UAV
- This honours project involves the design and
construction of an autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The aircraft
has been designed for civil applications such as surveillance or search and
rescue missions by incorporating imaging equipment and payload deployment
The multipurpose platform has been configured to take part in the Australian
Research Centre for Aerospace Automation’s UAV Outback Challenge to be held
in Queensland in September, 2007. For successful entry into this challenge,
the UAV must demonstrate the ability to locate and assist a human lost in
the Australian outback. A broad study of similar UAVs indicated a
conventional design was most suitable for the platform.
The aircraft is manufactured primarily from composite materials using a
female mould process. The wings, spanning two metres have a foam core with
carbon fibre spars. An electric power plant delivering 4 kilograms of static
thrust powers the aircraft with a predicted maximum speed of 120km/hr and an
endurance of one hour. The control system incorporates a Micropilot 2028
autopilot enabling autonomous flight and remote communication over a range
of 10 kilometres. An analogue camera, mounted in the rear of the aircraft
will stream images over a 10 kilometre range with 450 TV lines and a 70
degree field of view.
Testing has been conducted for a parachute recovery system and a descent
rate of 5.5 m/s is expected. When launched from a car the aircraft will also
be capable of deploying a 600 gram payload.
(Maziar Arjomandi, Nayan Uday
Avalakki, Jonathan Bannister, Benjamin John J. Chartier, Travis Mark Downie,
Brad Alexander A. Gibson, Crystal Rhiannon Gottwald, Peter Ian Moncrieff and
Michael Scott Williams)
Wing Borne HydroFoil (WBHF)
- The Wingborne Hydrofoil (WBHF) is a high performance
marine craft, conceptualised and developed theoretically by Mr. Stephen
Bourn. In 2007 undergraduate students commenced a project with the aim to
design and manufacture a fullscale functional prototype of a 'Wing-Borne
Hydrofoil'. The basis of this design differs from the majority of high-speed
sailing craft in that it utilises a wing rather than a conventional sail.
The ability of the wing to adjust to the optimal angle relative to the wind
gives the WBHF the capability to tack (and hence sail) both upwind and
downwind. Furthermore by tacking the craft downwind the craft is able to
sail faster than the wind. Another distinguishing feature of the WBHF is its
ability to lift the hull out of the water when the craft achieves sufficient
velocity, thus eliminating a significant source of drag, and hence
accelerating the craft to considerably high speeds. Other design features
that contribute to the high performance and safety of the craft include the
ability to self-correct and stabilise when the craft becomes unbalanced, the
quick release of the wing, customized hydrofoil design suited exclusively to
this application and lightweight design of the craft, attained using
non-conventional materials and manufacturing methods. The craft employs
several control systems to ensure stability once flight is achieved and also
provide pilot control. Given these unique characteristics, it is believed
the WBHF has the potential to challenge several sailing records including
the bi-directional nautical mile sailing speed record and ultimately the
world sailing speed record.
(Ben S. Cazzolato, Carl Q. Howard, Danya J. Cheng,
Keith Robert R. Crouch, Thomas James Hill, Joshua Johannes Holmes, Ashok
Athreya Kaniyal, Antoni Alexander Kourakis, Heath Andrew Nankivell, Benjamin
Andrew Ford Newbery, Luke Joseph Rogers and Zhi Qiu Xia)
Wing Borne HydroFoil (WBHF)
Hull sections joined
- Two carbon fibre halves being joined.
Bearing section view
- Bearings used in coupling main beam to hull and outrigger
- Assembly view of the hydrofoil bulb with transparent
mid-section and nose cone.
- Cut-away view of the hydrofoil bulb mid-section.
- The School of Mechanical Engineering has been
developing air-muscles since 2004. These have been used in a number of
honours projects such as Stumpy: A Pneumatic Muscle Actuated Bi-pedal Robot.
This project aims to build a fully functional pneumatic prosthetic that is
low weight and has fast response times.
Design of an autonomous mobile robot for experiments on
- The aim of this honours project is the design and
construction of a fully autonomous mobile robot as a flexible platform for
research in the area of robotic multi-agent systems and artificial
intelligence. The robot will be designed in conformity with the regulations
for the MiddleSize League (MSL, F-2000) of the international robotic soccer
competition "RoboCup". Using RoboCup as test-bed, the project aims at
developing new control strategies for collaborating multi-agent systems of
autonomous mobile robots in a complex and dynamic environment. It is planned
to build a competitive team which could enter the 9th RoboCup world
championships in 2005.
This project has been launched in 2004. Students from Mechatronics,
Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Electrical and Electronics
Engineering have since been working as part of a faculty wide team.
Development of a Stereo Vision and Multiple Laser Stripes
based Robotics Measuring System for 3D large surface Profile Acquisition
- The aim of this research project is to develop a
Robotic Measuring System (RMS) which is used for large surface 3D data
acquisition. Normally acquiring three-dimensional surface data can be
achieved with precision by use of touch probes. However, computer vision and
image processing is faster, especially for extracting a large amount of 3D
data such as free-form surface features. The RMS integrates an industrial
robot, a set of CCD camera, a laser stripe projector, and a personal
computer with appropriate software to perform a large surface measuring
task. Topics such as robot calibration, camera calibration, and measurement
strategies are to be investigated.
Soccer Server - Artificial Intelligence (AI) for soccer
playing mobile robots
- Every year since 1997, researchers from different
countries have gathered to compete in the world championships of robotic
soccer. The event has drawn a substantial amount of interest from both
industry as well as the general public. The latest RoboCup world
championship tournament took place in July 2004 in Lisbon (Portugal) with a
total attendance of 224 teams from 34 countries competing for the titles in
more than 5 different disciplines. One of these disciplines is the RoboCup
Soccer Simulation League also known as 'Soccer Server' League.
Soccer Server is an educational tool for research on multi-agent systems and
artificial intelligence (AI). It allows two teams of 11 simulated players
(autonomous agents) to play soccer against each other. Matches are carried
out on a virtual pitch: The so-called 'soccer server' is a system that
simulates the environment, i. e. the pitch itself, the wind conditions, the
location and the velocity of the ball, reactions to the player's commands,
etc. Each individual player is a client program written in C, C++, Java,
etc. Communication between server and clients is built upon the socket based
protocol UDP/IP. A match can be visualized using special monitor programs.
Soccer Server simulates movements of a ball and players, communicates with
clients, and controls a game according to rules. To control a player, the
corresponding client program needs to send requests to the server regarding
the actions it wants to perform (e.g. kick the ball, turn, run, etc.). The
server receives those messages, handles the requests, and updates the
environment accordingly. In addition, the server provides all players with
sensory information (e.g. visual data regarding the position of the ball,
goals, and other players). It is important to mention that the server is a
real-time system working with discrete time intervals (or cycles). Each
cycle has a specified duration, and actions that need to be executed in a
given cycle, must arrive to the server during the right interval. Therefore,
slow performance that results in missing acting opportunities has a major
impact on the performance of the team.
The reigning world champion of the RoboCup Simulation League (2004) is the
team ‘STEP’ of the ElectroPult Plant in Russia. Second and third place went
to the University of Dortmund (Germany) and Allameh Helli High School
(Iran), respectively. Previous winners included the State Key Laboratory of
Intelligent Technology and Systems at TsingHua University in China (2001,
2002), the University of Porto (2000), Carnegie Mellon University (1998,
1999) and Humboldt University (1997).
Dynamic modeling, estimation and control of piezoelectric
actuator with application in micro-motion system