Micromouse - Electronics on wheels

Wilcox, T. (2011) Micromouse - Electronics on wheels. In: International Conference on Research and Education in Robotics, EUROBOT 2010, 27 May 2010 through 30 May 2010, Rapperswil-Jona; Switzerland.

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Abstract

Micromouse at TEE, evolved as a mechanism to enthuse and engage students more fully in the practical aspects of designing real-time embedded systems, from both hardware and software perspectives. Static target boards are ideal for an introduction to embedded systems - to learn the basics of embedded hardware and software. Mobile robots bring in motor drives, positional encoders, distance sensors, closed-loop control theory, real-time systems design, mechanical considerations, and real-world problems relating to the multivariate environments in which these devices must operate. Mobile Robots are "Electronics on Wheels" - experience shows that things that move are far more engaging than things that don't. The design, build, and programming of a micromouse requires multi-disciplinary skills. It provides the opportunity for individual students to develop broad technical capability, for groups of mechanical, electronic, software and embedded systems students to develop team-working skills, and of course it has the element of competition that makes it fun and rewarding. Birmingham City University hosts the UK Micromouse competition, as well as several smaller events throughout the year. UK Micromouse is the major event of BCU TECHFEST. The range of competitions has been extended to incorporate Schools Micromouse, which brings in line-followers, drag-racers and wall-followers as well as maze solvers. The aim is to support the STEM agenda - encouraging the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This paper discusses the design of a micromouse for teaching embedded systems. In addition a model for micromouse software development is presented. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Birmingham, City University, Closed-loop control, Distance sensors, Embedded hardware and software, Hardware and software, Major events, Micromouse, Motor drive, Multi-disciplinary, Real-time embedded systems, Real-world problem, Science , Technology , Engineering and Mathematics, Technical capabilities, Closed loop control systems, Education computing, Electric drives, Embedded software, Machine design, Mechanical drives, Mobile robots, Real time systems, Robotics, Software design, Students, Systems analysis, Teaching, Vehicles, Wheels, Embedded systems
Subjects: H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA11: Computer Science and Informatics
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Advanced Systems Engineering
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 09:41
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2016 09:41
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2034

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