UNH Computer Science Robots

UNH Computer Science Robots


Robotics has a lot of mechanical
and electrical engineering in them, because they move. They have hardware. But sort of the real brains
behind them is always software. And that’s what computer
scientists do well. I wrote the interface for
the undergraduate students to be able to test their
depth first set or simple path planning algorithms
on the real robot. Undergraduate students
only send the high level, kind of like going
old-school, east or west. We had to guide these robots
by using this algorithm to select the best
route to go through, by keeping track of
the room it was just in and the rooms that
it’s going to. First, they had to
get manual control and they had to
make a local map, so they can see what
the robot’s doing. But the ultimate
challenge was to get an automatic search using
a classic algorithm called a depth first search. So that’s this one here? This is ours. There’s an artificial
intelligence research group in the computer
science department and they get access to very
nice equipment, like robots. And they have master’s students
that are working on those. I took the AR class
here at UNH and it made me interested in artificial
intelligence and robotics. And that’s why I decided
to do my master’s project on robotics. That’s a nice interaction. We can get the master’s
students controlling the robot and our first-year
programmers using the robot. It was so exciting to
see them, that they are able to run their
programs on the real robot and because I was seeing my code
working and project working. It was so cool, man. It’s a great opportunity
for the freshmen to actually get a hold of an
expensive robot like this. And there’s something really
special about running your code and seeing something
in the real world move. [CLAPPING]

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