Event Details

This event is running from 18 February 2020 until 27 April 2020. It is next occurring on February 24, 2020 4:00 PM

  • Upcoming Dates:

A new program about robotics is starting at the Woods Hole Public Library. Woods Hole winter resident Phillip Neal will be leading a Robotics Interest Group on sequential Monday afternoons at 4 PM, starting on February 24. The one-hour sessions will focus on discussing, learning about, and building robots; it will be offered to the public, adults and children (aged above 9 years old) alike. The first session will be held on Tuesday, February 18 at 4 PM; all who might be interested are encouraged to come and hear the scope of Phil’s plans for the program, which will run every Monday until the end of April.

At this point he envisions each session including a brief introductory talk, a time for people to work together, and a wrap-up Show-and-Tell. He believes that robots should be made of cheap off-the-shelf parts, and this program will fulfill that approach.

Here is the proposed schedule for upcoming meetings:

SCHEDULE

The structure of each meeting:

  1. 15 minute talk followed by
  2. 15 minutes of Q & A followed by
  3. 15 minutes of break-out into groups followed by
  4. 15 minutes of show and tell 

Please bring your robot(s) if and when you can.

Also bring your ideas, a sense of good will, and your humor.

Feb. 18, 2020: Introduction

  1.     Organization of the meetings
  2.     What are the characteristics of interesting robots ? Autonomous, cheap, off-the-shelf parts, always being developed
  3.     Kits
  4.     DIY
  5.     Big problems in robotic development

Feb. 24, 2020: Sensors, Intelligence, Actuators

  1.       Sensors supply data to Intelligence
  2.         Distance sensors (ultrasonic, laser)
  3.         Accelerometer-Gyroscope-Compass
  4.         Encoders for r.p.m.
  5.         Video : Monocular, Binocular
  6.     Intelligence takes data and decides on actions
  7.         Microcontrollers : Arduino,Raspberry Pi, ESP32
  8.         Wifi to big computer
  9.     Actuators
  10.         Motors: DC,Servo,Stepper
  11.         Encoders

Mar. 2, 2020:    Power

  1.     TTL power vs Motor power
  2.     3.3v vs 5v
  3.     Batteries
  4.     Motor drivers
  5.     Heat Sinks

Mar. 9, 2020: Chassis

  1.     Wheels: 2 vs 4
  2.     Tank tracks
  3.     Mounting platforms 
  4.     Wheel/motor problems

Mar. 16, 2020: Computer languages

  1.     Python
  2.     Arduino C++

Mar. 23, 2020: Construction

  1.     Breadboard – jumpers
  2.     Proto-board – soldering

Mar. 30, 2020: Navigation

  1.     Pose
  2.     Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)
  3.     Exploration 
  4.     Dead reckoning
  5.     Data fusion

Apr.  6, 2020: Communication

  1.     Blue-tooth
  2.     Serial
  3.     Wifi – MQTT
  4.     Interrupts

Apr. 13, 2020: AI

  1.     Neural Networks
  2.     Fuzzy logic
  3.     Computational Resources

Apr. 20, 2020: Optimization

  1.     Energy/power
  2.     PID controllers

Apr. 27, 2020: Robot Olympics !!

  1.     Track design   
  2.     Criteria