Evolutionary robotics + 3D printing = rapid & low-cost deployment of autonomous mobile robots

Jason Teo, and Shun , Hoe Lim and Wei , Shun Chee and Kim , On Chin (2015) Evolutionary robotics + 3D printing = rapid & low-cost deployment of autonomous mobile robots. ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 10 (18). pp. 8372-8378. ISSN 1819-6608

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The design, programming and deployment of autonomous mobile robots is a highly complex, time-consuming and expensive endeavor. In this research, we propose an approach which combines evolutionary robotics with 3D printing as an approach for rapid and cheaper method for the fabrication of autonomous mobile robots. We have purposefully chosen the domains of continuum robots and hybrid articulated-wheeled robots as the proving grounds for our approach as these two areas of autonomous robotics have been proven to be among the most complex to design and program as well as being highly cost-intensive to fabricate and deploy in the real world. Capitalizing on the automated design and optimization phases of evolutionary robotics and harnessing the rapid and relatively low cost of 3D printing, our tests show that the time required and cost involved to design, fabricate and successfully deploy evolved and 3D printed continuum robots as well as hybrid articulated-wheeled mobile robots can indeed be observably be reduced. Analysis shows that the transference from simulated to real-world robots is indeed feasible and readily achievable with functioning mobile robots with autonomous behaviors that display a good level of fidelity.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Hybrid articulated-wheeled robots ,
Subjects:T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions:FACULTY > Faculty of Engineering
ID Code:15224
Deposited By:IR Admin
Deposited On:16 Dec 2016 10:06
Last Modified:16 Dec 2016 10:06

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