Jared Alan Frank, Ph.D.

Researcher / Roboticist


Autonomous Heading Control using Feedback from a Gyroscope 

In this demo, our robotic vehicle has been programmed to execute a heading control algorithm, using encoders as well as the gyroscope built into the BeagleBone Blue. This ability to maintain a desired heading while rejecting disturbances will be a fundamental ability of our robot during the competition.

This section of the site is under construction, but will soon provide an overview of the design and programming of a robotic vehicle that my team is currently developing to compete in the 2018 Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition (AVC) in Denver, Colorado. Using the Robot Operating System (ROS) on a BeagleBone Blue single-board computer, our robotic vehicle is capable of simultaneously processing data from encoders, an inertial measurement unit (IMU), a GPS module, and a laser rangefinder to autonomously navigate an outdoor obstacle course.