A novel track-drive mobile robotic framework for conducting projects on robotics and control systems

Jamshed Iqbal*, S. Riaz un Nabi, Abdul Attayyab Khan, Hamza Khan

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    This paper presents a novel robotic framework to help students to practically grasp the concepts of Robotics and Control Systems in a laboratory environment. The framework is centered on a robotic rover having two tank-like tracks which permit locomotion on uneven terrains. The sensory system consists of encoders for position feedback while the actuation system comprises of six precise DC motors. To enhance the learning outcomes of students and to permit readily realizaion of applications, developed software library supports three different command levels. The efficacy of the framework has been demonstrated by presenting a list of projects conducted on the framework. In particular, as a case-study, a project titled tether tracking and control of robotic rover has been detailed in the paper with presentation of experimental results. The pilot study indicated that incorporating the framework in robotics laboratory resulted in an efficient methodology of imparting interdisciplinary knowledge to engineering students. Additionally, the framework finds its potential in research of advanced robotic and control algorithms.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)130-137
    Number of pages8
    JournalLife Science Journal
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Educational robotic platform
    • Robot control
    • Robotics project
    • Tether tracking
    • Track-drive robot


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