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Education and research experience of the autonomous vehicle team of Virginia Tech
Author(s): Michael J. Burgiss; Charles F. Reinholtz; John S. Bay
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Paper Abstract

The Autonomous Vehicle Team of Virginia Tech is an undergraduate and graduate research and design project in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. The goal of the team is self-education and research in the area of autonomous vehicles and navigation system. The team also hopes to achieve the complementary goal of wining the annual unmanned ground robotics competition, which is sponsored by the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. The competition rules require that the entrants compete in two events. The design competition is an assessment of the vehicle control system architecture, component design and implementation, and overall vehicle design. The dynamic competition requires that the autonomous vehicles circumnavigate an outdoor obstacle course. Vehicle performance is evaluated based on the distance travelled through the course and the ability to avoid obstacles. In order to build effective autonomous vehicles and enrich the interdisciplinary curriculum of the university, the Autonomous Vehicle Team of Virginia Tech is composed of faculty advisors and undergraduate and communications studies. Team members may choose to join more than one of four major technical subgroups of the team and thus gain exposure to technologies they would otherwise not encounter in the conventional curriculum of their respective departments. This paper is an account of the education and research of the interdisciplinary team and the means by which these activities are executed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 January 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3207, Intelligent Transportation Systems, (27 January 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.300867
Show Author Affiliations
Michael J. Burgiss, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Charles F. Reinholtz, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
John S. Bay, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3207:
Intelligent Transportation Systems
Marten J. de Vries; Pushkin Kachroo; Kaan Ozbay; Alan C. Chachich, Editor(s)

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