Title

Robotic Surveillance Spider

Presenter Information

Nicholas O'Gorman

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Research Advisor

Swift, Theresa M.

Advisor's Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Funding Source

OURE Fellowship

Abstract

There are many places where we need to search but the environment is too dangerous or inaccessible to people for it to be worth having a person enter it. Surveillance and search and rescue robotics have been designed in order to rectify this issue. These robots however, are primarily based on two general designs. A vehicle consisting of wheels that is able to drive around on relatively level terrain and a plain/helicopter design that is able to view locations using an aerial view. With these two types of robots there still remains many locations where searching remains very challenging. This includes locations such as collapsed buildings, forests and swamps. The purpose of this Research project is to create a robot with the capability to traverse challenging terrains such as these. This robot will have the capability to travel through water, forest and even vertical terrain while retaining the dexterity to slip through small spaces that could be found in collapsed structures. This design will show the possibility of maneuvering around harsh terrains without the need of an extremely expensive machine and still be able to collect information and save lives.

Biography

Nicholas O’Gorman has spent most of his life creating things. Even before starting in grade school he was being taught carpentry by his father and grandfather. He also had a love for music and was an avid participant in his schools chorus and orchestra and even entering the advanced course for both of them. Upon entering middle school He joined the Lego league robotics team that was there, introducing him to the world of engineering. The challenges and achievements faced through this activity taught him a love of learning that carries on to this day.

Presentation Type

OURE Fellows Proposal Oral Applicant

Document Type

Presentation

Location

Meramec Room

Presentation Date

15 Apr 2015, 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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Robotic Surveillance Spider

Meramec Room

There are many places where we need to search but the environment is too dangerous or inaccessible to people for it to be worth having a person enter it. Surveillance and search and rescue robotics have been designed in order to rectify this issue. These robots however, are primarily based on two general designs. A vehicle consisting of wheels that is able to drive around on relatively level terrain and a plain/helicopter design that is able to view locations using an aerial view. With these two types of robots there still remains many locations where searching remains very challenging. This includes locations such as collapsed buildings, forests and swamps. The purpose of this Research project is to create a robot with the capability to traverse challenging terrains such as these. This robot will have the capability to travel through water, forest and even vertical terrain while retaining the dexterity to slip through small spaces that could be found in collapsed structures. This design will show the possibility of maneuvering around harsh terrains without the need of an extremely expensive machine and still be able to collect information and save lives.