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The intent of this project is to develop a low cost robotics research platform suitable for future research into autonomous control algorithms. This initial development will also include a basic control algorithm to allow the platform to traverse the engineering building in a random fashion, avoiding obstacles as it goes.
The platform itself will be designed in such a way as to make later modifications or additions simpler. This means modularity needs to be the primary concern in the mechanical, electrical, and software designs.
This platform needs to be developed in a low cost way as it is being funded by the development team. This means that custom hardware will be used wherever possible to attempt to keep the total project cost down.

Jordan Reynolds 2003-05-29