This summer, I worked at the University of Florida learning how to design and construct robots. A robot is an autonomous machine that detects and responds to external stimuli in a way that simulates intelligent behaviors. The development process goes through several stages before the machine is complete. First is the concept: what the finished robot is intended to do. The physical design is dependent on this concept, including necessary sensors and methods of locomotion. Once that is determined, the mechanical parts are assembled and tested for functionality. After that is finished, the robot is programmed, tested, and debugged until the initial concept is realized. This presentation will cover the development of V.I.C.I., a robot I designed to respond to objects based on their color, and some of the challenges I learned to overcome.
Michelle Peterson, ’06 Colfax, WI
Majors: Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science
Sponsor: Andrew Wildenberg