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* The client of this project will attend the Preview on Thursday 28th of November from 13:30 to 16:00 at Saxion Enschede (Ari├źnsplein 1).

Autonomous self-driving mobile robots can be applied in industry, (precision) farming, health care, rescue operations and many more situations. However, development of such mobile robots is a challenging task. The solution requires knowledge of mechanics and hardware, state of the art sensors to allow understanding of the environment, complex software algorithms to perform localization, planning, and navigation. The research line Unmanned Systems of the Mechatronics research group addresses these topics to develop innovative robots using Systems Engineering and Modular Mechatronic building blocks. The 3S group can build on the body of knowledge available within the research group. Currently, there are three ongoing research projects on mobile platforms: Mario, Next Generation Navigation (NeNa) and Henc. These projects address similar topics but have different requirements from the application areas.

Mario and NeNa focus on autonomous navigation that does not require an installed infrastructure. An experimental autonomous robot was already built in the Mario project. In NeNa, the system development starts from scratch. In both projects, robots should be able to adapt to different circumstances within an industrial setting. They must be able to navigate autonomously and safely in areas with people and other robots. Solutions are developed and tested together with the project partners from industry: Demcon, Hencon, Hollander Techniek, Indes, Opteq Mechatronics B.V., Riwo, Romias, Singa and Wewo. The projects develop practical knowledge and experience by collaboratively developing a robot test platform. The Henc project specifically aims to investigate the use of magnetic sensors for mobile robot navigation.

Several topics can be addressed in this 3S project. The scope of the assignment will be defined together with the students, based on the composition of the group. Possible topics are:

  • Design and development of hardware (mechanism to pick up a crate, mechanics, motors, sensors, etc.) of a mobile platform
  • Advanced battery charging system for autonomous mobile robots
  • Interfacing with other systems (e.g. OpenTCS) using OPC UA

Or a combination of above.

More info on the Mechatronics research group:

Mario platform

Wewo platform

Required study programs:

Electrical & Electronic Engineering (ET): Electrical design

HBO-ICT Software Engineering: Software design

Mechanical Engineering (WTB): Mechanical design

Mechatronics (MT): System engineering; system integration

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