Spring 2013 – Multi-Agent Solar Farm
In EGR442, Applied Controls, students learn about modern control design and implementation using cyber systems. The project for the course tasked students with creating a multi-agent solar farm that needs to maximize total power output while minimizing individual control effort. The pictures and videos below demonstrate the students’ work in Spring 2013:
Fall 2012 – Industrial Data Acquisition and Analysis
A student developed a data acquisition system for monitoring the activity within the Automation and Robotics Lab at York College. The system was implemented with a National Instruments Compact RIO using LabView Real-time. The student learned how to construct an industrial panel. The student programmed the controller to record, analyze, and log environmental variables, such as temperature and light.
Summer 2012 – Behavior Based Robotics
During an independent study, a student used behavior based robotics methods to implement a “cockroach-bot” that would avoid light and sound. The robot used a subsumption architecture built in ROS.
Fall 2011 – Computer Science Senior Design
The CS program at York College requires seniors to participate in a semester-long software project. Four students worked with one of my robots to give it some intelligence. One of the main tasks was to create a ROS package to enable ROS-based control my DrRobot X80SVP. Furthermore, the students implemented a simulator, obstacle avoidance algorithms, and a Kinect-based gesture-control system.