Mathematics and Path Finding Robots

Presenters: Lily O'Halloran , Nikhilas Murthy , Matthew Jahnes , David Glowny , Timothy Spafford , Jonathan Minchala , Emily Ortega , Alyssa Borges , Diana Klyuchnik

Advisor: Agung Julius, Ph.D. & Wencen Wu, Ph.D.

Presentation Description

The presentation begins with examples and definitions of a robot, algorithm, and path finding. Then we start a small discussion on the applications of mathematics in robotics by providing examples of both simple and complex applications. We break mid-presentation for the hands on activity. The hands on activity mostly involves the simple equation: circumference * # of rotations = distance traveled. The end goal of the activity is to have the kids program a small NXT robot to move and pick up a ball without using trial and error. We give them a handout that has the recommended paths and distances the robot should cover as well as information on the dimensions of the robot so they can make the calculations. After the hands on activity we close the presentation with a short discussion on modeling the behavior of some small single celled organisms (E-coli) with mathematical algorithms as well as the future of path finding robotics (like autonomous cars).

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Presentation uploaded on 09/17/2015 12:48 PM