Extra Plotting Course for Undergraduates

From Hilary Term onwards, Oxford Robotic Institute (ORI) is running an extra-curricular course for Engineering Science undergraduates to design and manufacture a 2D pen plotter. The "First Year Plotter Challenge" is an optional six-week activity that offers an opportunity to get hands-on experience of the entire engineering process: from CAD design, 3D printing, and electronic and mechanical assembly, to programming an Arduino using G-Code, the language used for 3D printers.  At the end of the course, the students will go home with a compact, and simple A4 sized pen plotter, and the means to program it and control it ‘at home’. It is hoped that giving them hands-on experience will motivate them to learn more about programming, control, and robotics in general. The project incorporates many different aspects of what we do at ORI. From physical manufacturing and electrical assembly [...]

7 years on

Exactly 7 years ago, MRG made the headlines as they demonstrated the first autonomous vehicle on UK roads, driving around Begbroke Science Park on a snowy winters day. Which makes today a great day to celebrate the achievements of this amazing robot.   Since then, the RobotCar has become the most notable data collection platform for the ORI: the 10K data-set has been cited over 300 times. The Robot Car was also used for the follow on Radar RobotCar Dataset, which is becoming a standard benchmark for Radar algorithms in Autonomous Vehicles. [bibtex key="MaddernIJRR2016"] [bibtex key="RadarRobotCarDatasetICRA2020"] However, all good things must come to an end, and in January the RobotCar went to its new home at the British Science Museum. Over the course of R lifetime, Autonomous Vehicles have come from relative obscurity to making regular front [...]