In the Student Design Bureau ‘Mobile Robotics’
Mobile robotics is a dynamically developing industry. Robotics specialists are involved in the assembly and programming of robot systems, their maintenance, and are exploring the expansion of the capabilities of these systems.
In the student design bureau ‘Mobile Robotics’ at Sevastopol State University, students assemble and program robots for specific tasks, design them from scratch, and debug work at the testing facility. Alexander Sedin, a first year student at the Department of Computer Science and Systems and Control Engineering, spoke about the work of the design bureau and the team's projects.
“Our main task is not just to come up with and implement some kind of project, but one that will benefit society and be profitable. ”
Last year we worked on the project ‘Warehouse Logistics’. There robots instead of people carry goods or transport parts from one conveyor to another. This significantly reduces the cost of production. We submitted the project to the grant contest ‘Umnik’.
This year, four projects applied to the grant contest ‘Umnik’.
The essence of one of them was born out of our need. We are engaged in prototyping a 3D printer and we want to assemble an apparatus that will convert plastic waste into printing supplies. There are already similar machines on the market, but they either take up a lot of space or are difficult to use.
The second project is called ‘Quality of Life’. This is a device that examines all environmental parameters and signals if something is wrong: a little oxygen, a lot of carbon dioxide, high noise pressure, temperature.
The third project is an audio guide for Sevastopol. And the fourth is a tremor suppressor. Sometimes people have a medical condition called ‘tremors’, you can put this device on a person and it will suppress them.
We are also engaged in robots or systems that simplify life: smart light, smart home, anything where you can use microcontrollers. For example, the creation and programming of a quadrocopter. Managing a mobile robot that is on the ground and moves in two planes is easier. The difficulty of the copter is that it adds another axis of movement - up and down.
Here you need to consider a lot of physical laws that can interfere with proper movement. In order for the copter to fly along a predetermined flight path, it is necessary to take into account the wind, pressure changes, and any obstacles. The extra axis of movement adds a lot of complexity.
Around fifteen people work on projects on an ongoing basis at the Mobile Robotics Design Bureau and two students presented their project at the finals of the contest ‘WorldSkills’ in Moscow.