27 January 1998 Education and research experience of the autonomous vehicle team of Virginia Tech
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Proceedings Volume 3207, Intelligent Transportation Systems; (1998) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.300867
Event: Intelligent Systems and Advanced Manufacturing, 1997, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
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.
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Michael J. Burgiss, Michael J. Burgiss, Charles F. Reinholtz, Charles F. Reinholtz, John S. Bay, John S. Bay, } "Education and research experience of the autonomous vehicle team of Virginia Tech", Proc. SPIE 3207, Intelligent Transportation Systems, (27 January 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.300867; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.300867


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