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dc.contributor.supervisor McLeod, Robert (Electrical and Computer Engineering) en
dc.contributor.author Sanders, David Marc
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-21T15:26:59Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-21T15:26:59Z
dc.date.issued 2011-01-21T15:26:59Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/4396
dc.description.abstract The design of a framework to control multiple semi-autonomous mobile robots is presented. The goals are to create a flexible framework that allows easy task reconfiguration for a fleet of mobile robots, and to provide a means of off-loading computationally intensive tasks to a central server. Four major components are specified: controllable devices, application servers, an application directory, and a mobile management system. Remote firmware upgrades via the mobile management system are achieved with the remotely managed operating system framework or RMOS. A prototype was created using field programmable gate arrays and system on a programmable chip technology from Altera. It was built with the application of selective herbicide spraying in mind. Although the prototype was a successful implementation of the designed framework, selective herbicide application was not implemented. A broad-leaf weed detection algorithm using Boltzmann machines was investigated. Its performance was good, but similar to that obtained by a statistical analysis of the input images of a lawn. en
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Robotics en
dc.subject Embedded Systems en
dc.subject Mobile Robots en
dc.subject Software frameworks en
dc.title Design and implementation of a framework for semi-autonomous mobile robots en
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.degree.discipline Electrical and Computer Engineering en
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Ferens, Ken (Electrical and Computer Engineering) Anderson, John (Computer Science) en
dc.degree.level Master of Science (M.Sc.) en
dc.description.note February 2011 en


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