The Baxter humanoid robot is designed to work alongside humans in industrial automation contexts in a safe and friendly way. A mobile base has been created for one of our Baxter robots, which will allow the robot to drive itself around an industrial workspace, however the power system needs to be redesigned, ideally with the potential to include wireless and opportunistic charging along with indoor navigation.
During the project a suitable wireless charging system will be developed to charge the Baxter while operating in an industrial environment. Sensors that are required for simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) will be integrated and Robot Operating System (ROS) scripts that allow control of the mobile base will be developed to enable indoor navigation. The end goal is a demonstration of Baxter working with the industrial informatics system in a realistic smart manufacturing scenario.
Student should enrol in ELECTENG 734.
Lab allocations have not been finalised