Listed below are all the research projects that MIRL is working on. These projects are all guided by graduate students or senior design teams; however, the senior design projects have the same high expectations for the final product as the graduate projects. Many of these projects are multi-year projects and, therefore, only have portions completed.
The Mars Rover is a small prototype science rover to explore extraterrestrial terrain.
This project works in conjunction with the autonomous kayak. The sub is a tethered underwater search vehicle. It will be able to go with the kayak to search through flooded areas looking for hazards to rescue workers and survivors.
This project focuses on inexpensive aerial photography within the reach of farmers. With multispectral imaging farmers will be able to make better descisions on how to water and fertilize their crops, making the products cheaper for the end consumer.
This project is developing a communications and experiment base for the autonomous submarine. The kayak is designed to be easily transported, quickly set up, and left to run for days on end. When complete it will have space for several 2ft by 2ft experiments, such as determining water quality in disaster areas.
Autonomous Universal Vehicle Operator
This vehicle operator is designed to be able to control many types of vehicles. It is a small robot that is intended to be placed in the driver's seat and from there operate the vehicle safely on city roads. It is our current efforts at one of the many Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) challenges.
Universal Robotics Command Center
The Univeral Robotics Command Center is a computer program allowing end users to control any of our systems that are within communications range. It is a cross-platform system so all rovers, arial vehicles, and aquatic vehicles correctly outfitted will be controlable from a central location.
This project focuses on location detection with a single microphone. A Helmholtz resonator takes in all sounds and resonates at a single frequency. Using this concept, we have been working to try and get a robot to "hear" like humans do.