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Building low-cost autonomous agents using LEGO bricks
Author(s): Liborio Capozzo; Giovanni Attolico; Grazia Cicirelli
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Paper Abstract

In this work we point out how it is possible to develop autonomous systems starting from the interaction of simple mechanical and electronic devices and toys. Our aim is to involve students in these skills for building platforms to experiment basic concepts of artificial intelligence. By using this simple and fascinating way they achieve knowledge about the most important aspects of the subject. Besides, they are actively engaged in creating something that is meaningful to themselves or to others around them. In relation to this context we have built two simple and compact vehicles each capable of doing two different basic behaviors: the wall following (moving the vehicle at a constant distance from the wall on its left or right hand) and the obstacle avoidance (avoiding collision with obstacles during the path). As to compare vehicles two different control systems have been developed. The first system is controlled by an analogical circuit, whereas the second by a digital circuit.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3834, Microrobotics and Microassembly, (18 August 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.357813
Show Author Affiliations
Liborio Capozzo, Istituto Elaborazione Segnali ed Immagini (Italy)
Giovanni Attolico, Istituto Elaborazione Segnali ed Immagini (Italy)
Grazia Cicirelli, Istituto Elaborazione Segnali ed Immagini (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3834:
Microrobotics and Microassembly
Bradley J. Nelson; Jean-Marc Breguet, Editor(s)

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