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Aadeel Akhtar to present a poster on "Network-Based Robotic (Roomba) Navigation and Manipulation”

Aadeel Akhtar, a Computer Science Minor and Biology major will present a poster on "Network-Based Robotic (Roomba) Navigation and Manipulation” at the Mulcahy Symposium in Lake Shore Campus on April 30th.

Aadeel Akhtar, a Computer Science Minor and Biology major will present a poster on "Network-Based Robotic (Roomba) Navigation and Manipulation” at the Mulcahy Symposium in Lake Shore Campus on April 30th. This work is collaboratively done with Hongtao Zhang, a graduate student in Computer Science, supervised by Prof. Chandra N Sekharan. An earlier version of this work was presented at the Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Argonne National Laboratory, Oct 2006.

Abstract

Commercial robots have been around for a long time. Robots for home use are just coming into market. One such is Roomba®, manufactured by iRobot which has intelligent software that enables the robot to vacuum clean a room autonomously. Early 2006, iRobot released a Serial Command Interface (SCI) specification for Roomba which can be used to manipulate the robot, get sensor data, power on and off, drive, and turn. The research accomplished in the project includes: (i) designing software for enabling communication with Roomba from a portable computer mounted on Roomba, (ii) designing a TCP/IP based network protocol for coordinating multiple Roombas, and (iii) joystick based manipulation of Roomba via the network protocol. Implementation of joystick control involves many empirical adjustments to the algorithm based on the mechanics of the robot. The scope of the protocol is to allow Roombas to be wirelessly controlled and having only dynamic IP addresses. Future research and development will allow force-feedback on the joystick, and location awareness.

Adeel Akhtar was supported by Loyola University Chicago’s Mulcahy Scholarship.
Roomba® is a registered Trademark of iRobot Corporation.

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