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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Mentz, James
Author's Email Address jmentz@vt.edu
URN etd-05042000-15390036
Title Motion Control Theory Needed in the Implementation of Practical Robotic Systems
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
VanLandingham, Hugh F. Committee Chair
Conners, Richard W. Committee Member
Kachroo, Pushkin Committee Member
  • obstacle avoidance
  • navigation
  • robotics
  • motion control
Date of Defense 2000-04-04
Availability unrestricted
Two areas of expertise required in the production of industrial and commercial robotics are motor control and obstacle navigation algorithms. This is especially true in the field of autonomous robotic vehicles, and this application will be the focus of this work. This work is divided into two parts. Part I describes the motor types and feedback devices available and the appropriate choice for a given robotics application. This is followed by a description of the control strategies available and appropriate for a variety of situations. Part II describes the vision hardware and navigation software necessary for an autonomous robotic vehicle. The conclusion discusses how the two parts are coming together in the emerging field of electric smart car technology.

The content is aimed at the robotic vehicle designer. Both parts present a contribution to the field but also survey the required background material for a researcher to enter into development. The material has been made succinct and graphical wherever appropriate.

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