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Here are listed prior projects and their implementations from prior years.

Project 0 - Introductory Lab Legged Locomotion

The intro project is here to teach you the basic skills you will use in the class for the main projects we will do later in the semester. As such, you have fewer deliverables but we anticipate the load on students to be similar -- you will be learning a lot of different things quickly.

Your task? In this lab, you will compete against other groups to design, build, and test a robot made of foam core and dynamixel motors that makes the fastest lap around a track.

Final reports can be found on the P0Reports Page.

Project requirements and details by year: 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2014 2013 2012

Here's a Youtube Playlist of Project 0

Blue Team's Robot Design from 2014
Green Team's "Zoidberg" Robot from 2014
Red Team's Robot from 2014
Maize Team's "The Turtle" Robot from 2014

















Project 1 - Waypoint Navigation

Each team’s robot is required to reach a sequence of waypoints, in a specified order, while keeping a laser pointer oriented along the positive Y-axis and projecting a dot on a projection screen. Sensing and waypoint information is provided to the robot via the network and is derived from a computer vision system running in real-time (supplied by the professor).

Final reports can be found on the P1Reports Page.

Project requirements and details by year: 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2014 2013 2012

Youtube Playlist of Project 1
Blue Team's Robot Design from 2012
Blue Team's Robot from 2013
Green Team's Robot from 2012
Green Team's Robot from 2013
Green Team's Robot from 2014
Maize Team's Robot from 2014
Purple Team's Robot from 2014
Red Team's Robot from 2012
Red Team's Robot from 2013





















Project 2 - Robot Arm

Each team is required to build a robot arm which is capable of drawing on a piece of paper within a 1 ft.³ workspace. The position and orientation of the paper will not be known in advance except for the following properties: (1) the paper will be a standard sheet of letter paper, laid on a rigid backing, entirely within the workspace; (2) the paper will face upwards or at most 5° downwards. (3) the paper will face within 90° of a designated “front” direction.

At the start of operation, each team may manually guide the pen any positions and/or orientations they may wish in the workspace, including bringing the pen to known points on the paper. This manual guidance may also be performed physically, by moving the robot arm by hand. Each team will be required to draw a four by four inch square, with sides parallel to the edges of the paper. In addition, the instructor will provide a sequence of pen strokes as a list of two-dimensional positions relative to the corner of the page. The robot arm must draw these pen strokes on the page.

Final reports can be found on the P2Reports Page.

Project requirements and details by year: 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2014 2013 2012

Green Team's Robot from 2014
Blue Team's Robot from 2013


















Project 0- Design Typologies

The designs for the Project P0 assignment from the year 2012 to 2019 are classified into the four types - 2Wheeled Gorilla Style Robot, Gorilla Style Robot, Inchworm Style Robot, and 2013 Single Box Style Robot. Most of the designs follow Gorilla Style mechanism, while the Inchworm style robot has also been designed by most of the teams.

Gorilla Style Robot

BlueTeam-P0-2014.jpgGreenTeam-P0-2014.jpgTheTortoise14Maize.jpgRed Team-P0-2014.jpgGreenTeam-P0-2019.jpg

BlueTeam-P0-2018.jpegBlueTeam-P0-2019.jpg GreenTeam-P0-2017.jpgMaizeTeam-P0-2016.jpg RedTeam-P0-2018.jpg




Wheeled Gliding Style Robot

BlueTeam-P0-2016.jpgRedTeam-P0-2016.jpgPurpleTeam-P0-2016.jpg




Inchworm Style Robot

GreenTeam-P0-2018.jpgMaizeTeam-P0-2017.jpgRedTeam-P0-2017.jpgRedTeam-P0-2019.jpg




Project 1- Design Typologies

The designs for the Project 1 assignment from the year 2012 to 2019 are classified into the seven categories - A)2D plotter mechanism with limitless driving for one of its axis. B)Transformer Mechanism Robot. C)2 Wheeled Differential drive movement with Laser guiding mechanism. D)3 or 4wheeled /Omniwheel Holonomic Style Design. E)BiDirectional Square Design. F)Babylon design- Tower Laser with moving base. G)Buggy with Enlongated Rotating Tag.

A)2D plotter mechanism with single limitless driving for a single axis

BlueTeam-P1-2013.jpgGreenTeam-P1-2017.jpgMaizeTeam-P1-2014.jpgMaizeTeam-P1-2019.jpg BlueTeam-P1-2016.jpg




B)Transformer Mechanism Robot

BlueTeam2-P1-2014.jpgBlueTeam-P1-2019.jpgGreenTeam-P1-2012.jpg




C)2 Wheeled Differential drive movement with Laser guiding mechanism.

BlueTeam-P1-2012.jpgGreenTeam-P1-2013.jpgGreenTeam-P1-2014.jpgGreenTeam-P1-2018.jpg MaizeTeam2-P1-2013.jpgRedTeam-P1-2013.jpgRedTeam2-P1-2014.jpgRedTeam-P1-2017.jpg YellowTeam-P1-2012.jpg




D)3 or 4wheeled /Omniwheel Holonomic Style Design.

MaizeTeam-P1-2017.jpgPurpleTeam-P1-2014.jpgRedTeam-P1-2012.jpgRedTeam-P1-2019.jpg




E)BiDirectional Square Design.

BlueTeam-P1-2017.jpgMaizeTeam-P1-2016.jpgRedTeam-P1-2016.jpg




F)Babylon design- Tower Laser with moving base.

BlueTeam-P1-2018.jpgMaizeTeam-P1-2018.jpg




G)Buggy with Enlongated Rotating Tag.

GreenTeam-P1-2016.jpg




Project 2- Design Typologies

The designs for the Project 2 assignment from the year 2012 to 2019 are classified into the seven categories - A)Planar Delta Arm. B)Robotic Arm with motors on the bottom. C)Box type Robotic Arm. D)Four bar linkage robotic arm. E)Buggy based robotic arm. F)Unique Design.

A)Planar Delta Arm

BlueTeam2-P2-2014.jpgGreenTeam2-P2-2013.jpgMaizeTeam2-P2-2013.jpgMaizeTeam-P2-2018.jpg




B)Robotic Arm with motors on the bottom.

BlueTeam-P2-2016.jpgGreenTeam-P2-2014.jpgMaizeTeam-P1-2016.jpgBlueTeam-P2-2019.jpg GreenTeam-P2-2017.jpg




C)Box type Robotic Arm.

BlueTeam-P2-2018.jpgRedTeam2-P2-2013.jpgRedTeam-P2-2016.jpgRedTeam-P2-2017.jpg RedTeam-P2-2019.jpgMaizeTeam2-P2-2014.jpg




D)Four bar linkage robotic arm.

GreenTeam-P2-2016.jpgMaizeTeam-P2-2017.jpgPurpleTeam2-P2-2014.jpgRedTeam2-P2-2014.jpg




E)Buggy based robotic arm.

BlueTeam-P2-2017.jpgGreenTeam-P2-2018.jpgMaizeTeam-P2-2019.jpg




F)Unique Design.

BlueTeam-P2-2013.jpg




Additional Projects

While not usual, there may be an extra project. In 2013, there was a Project 3.

Project 2 of 2020 is considered an additional project as it was carried out completely virtually do to COVID-19.
Project 0 from 2020

All Time P-Day Scores

Project 0
Linear Speed Trial Race Track Trial 1 Qualified? Race Track Trial 1 Time (s) Race Track Trial 2 Qualified? Race Track Trial 2 Time (s) Overall Winner Subsequent Qualifying Low Times (s)
2014 Red 22.93 Yes 97.36 No N/A
Blue 17.62 No 83.4 Yes 88.59
Maize 33.56 No N/A Yes N/A
Green 13.4 No 202.37 Yes 88.32 Green
2016 Red 17 Yes 47 Yes 50 Red 34
Blue 41 Yes 80 No 57 57
Maize 46 No 144 No 142 172
Purple 42 No 92 No 96 101
Project 1
Trial 1 Qualified? Trial 1 Time (s) Trial 1 RMS Trial 2 Qualified Trial 2 Time (s) Trial 2 RMS Overall Winner Subsequent Qualifying Low Time (s) Subsequent Qualifying Low RMS
2012 Red No N/A 58.19 No N/A 19.9
Blue N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Maize No N/A N/A No N/A N/A
Green No N/A 55 No N/A N/A Green
2013 Red No N/A 22000 No N/A 32000
Blue No N/A N/A No N/A N/A
Maize No N/A N/A No N/A N/A
Green No N/A 2600 No N/A N/A Green
2014 Red No N/A 1418 N/A N/A N/A
Blue No N/A 475.1 N/A N/A N/A
Maize No N/A 775.9 N/A N/A N/A
Green Yes 125 894.9 N/A N/A N/A Green 125 894.9
Purple Yes 118 1109 N/A N/A N/A 118 1109
2016 Red No 154 4.877 N/A N/A N/A
Blue No 113 2.024 N/A N/A N/A Blue
Maize No 106 28.627 N/A N/A N/A
Green No 443 55.185 N/A N/A N/A 287
Project 2
Square Trial 1 RMS Square Trial 2 RMS Square Trial 3 RMS Recognizable Subsequent Letters Overall Winner
2012 Red 0.034 0.037 N/A Yes Red
Blue 0.175 0.18 0.189 Yes
Maize 0.071 0.071 0.046 Yes
Green 0.043 0.07 N/A Yes
2013 Red 0.038 0.0393 0.0398 N/A
Blue 0.0301 0.0452 N/A N/A Blue
Maize 0.0359 0.045 0.0466 N/A
Green 0.033 0.0419 N/A N/A
2014 Red 0.131 0.129 0.164 Yes
Blue 0.116 0.132 0.128 No
Maize 0.0824 0.116 N/A No
Green 0.0413 0.0146 0.0171 No Green
Purple 0.0966 0.0779 0.0609 No
2016 Red N/A N/A 0.23 No
Blue 0.09 N/A N/A Yes
Maize N/A N/A N/A No
Green 0.09 0.13 0.11 Yes Green