Title

Robotic Exploration Unit for Exploration of Abandoned Mine Wildlife

Presenter Information

Luke Jones

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Research Advisor

Bristow, Douglas A.
Awuah-Offei, Kwame, 1975-

Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Second Advisor's Department

Mining Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri S&T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program

Abstract

To protect and understand the endangered species of bat, Myotis sodalist commonly known as the Indiana bat, accurate population counts must be obtained. Current population counts require humans to enter dangerous environments like abandoned and collapsing mines. This research works to develop a method to robotically explore abandoned mines and count the endangered bat populations in these dangerous areas. Specifically, efforts were made to further knowledge within the areas of robotic communication, transport, and data management. A method to communicate wirelessly with a robotic platform was developed. Analysis was performed to find the optimal method of transportation. Proofs of concepts were performed to prove ideas presented. In providing analysis and preliminary designs, this research provides the basis and recommendations for the development of a final robotic platform.

Biography

Luke is a senior in Mechanical Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He worked as a production engineer for TEMA (Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc). He also worked as a product development engineer for Springfield Remanufacturing Company. He is currently involved in research for the Department of Defense in the Systems Engineering department at Missouri S&T for the design of a haptic feedback simulation vest.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Location

Ozark Room

Presentation Date

06 Apr 2011, 9:00 am - 9:30 am

Comments

Joint project with Emily Briggs and Matt Ortel

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Robotic Exploration Unit for Exploration of Abandoned Mine Wildlife

Ozark Room

To protect and understand the endangered species of bat, Myotis sodalist commonly known as the Indiana bat, accurate population counts must be obtained. Current population counts require humans to enter dangerous environments like abandoned and collapsing mines. This research works to develop a method to robotically explore abandoned mines and count the endangered bat populations in these dangerous areas. Specifically, efforts were made to further knowledge within the areas of robotic communication, transport, and data management. A method to communicate wirelessly with a robotic platform was developed. Analysis was performed to find the optimal method of transportation. Proofs of concepts were performed to prove ideas presented. In providing analysis and preliminary designs, this research provides the basis and recommendations for the development of a final robotic platform.