An Engineering Design Team (EDT) was created last year by a group of
students who wanted to work on technical projects. Last year they
successfully built a robot to navigate a maze and unscrew light bulbs.
year, EDT has entered the 15th Annual Jerry Sanders Robotics Competition
to be held at Urbana, Illinois on March 8-9, 2002. The objective of this
year's competition is to score many points by retrieving a bowling ball
and bocce balls while combating two other robots.
date, they have completed designing and building the bowling ball
lifting/lowering mechanism. The next step is to implement some sort of
artificial intelligence to help align the robot and to lift/lower/center
the mechanism automatically.
they have designed and built a dual Tank-Drive System that will propel
their robot. This design is currently being modified to provide more low
end torque and greater acceleration. The RC control system is
interfaced with motor controllers and motors.
robot will be on display for the E-Week Robotics Expo in the CCC
Montgomery Ward Lounge from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Last year's "Light
Bulb" robot will also be on display, along with UIC's first ever
Sumo-Bot competition (introductory level) coordinated by EDT.
of their achievements would be possible without the support of sponsors,
contributors, & suppliers including Prof. Sabri Cetinkunt and
the Manufacturing Research Lab, International Truck & Engine Co.
(pending), Stride Tool-Imperial, IEEE-UIC Student Branch, Zap, D&M
Electronics, Innovation First, Sportmart, FIRST Robotics, Grainger,
Mc-Master Carr, Dreisilker, BatteryMart, and Berry Bearing.
Cetinkunt commented, "I was merely a technical guide to the
students and gave them lots of encouragement and made the funds
available for what they needed. This group of students are really very
bright kids. They figured out all of the technical issues on their own.
We need more students like them in our program".
you would like to help support the Engineering Design Team at UIC,
please contact Max Magnelli at MMAGNE1@uic.edu
official website http://www.ece.uic.edu/~edt
details can be found at http://dc.cen.uiuc.edu