Penn State Abington "Mini Grand Challenge" robot competition

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An autonomous, outdoor, robot design competition, named the "Penn State Abington Mini Grand Challenge," was developed at the Penn State Abington campus to promote advances in robot technology. Robots must navigate unmarked paths, take off-road detours, and entertain spectators. The contest encourages the use of low-cost robot platforms and is suitable for research and education. An example of a low-cost robot platform has been designed to facilitate student participation in the contest. The robot platform consists of a modified electric car robot base, servo-controlled steering and motor drive, vision system, GPS, sonar, and a text-to-speech engine with a speaker for interaction with the contest spectators. The expected applications and outcomes of the robot platform and Mini Grand Challenge include curriculum enhancement, increased interest in undergraduate research, recruitment and retention, and K-12 outreach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAAAI Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition - Papers from the AAAI Workshop, Technical Report
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event2005 AAAI Workshop - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: Jul 14 2005Jul 14 2005

Publication series

NameAAAI Workshop - Technical Report


Other2005 AAAI Workshop
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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