Date of Award

Fall 1993

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering - (M.S.)

Department

Manufacturing Engineering Division

First Advisor

R. S. Sodhi

Second Advisor

Zhiming Ji

Third Advisor

David J. Lubliner

Abstract

With advances in electronics, mobile vehicles are becoming more and more sophisticated. The Potential applications of AGVs are numerous an range from a material handling system for the factory floor to an intelligent wheel chair for the handicapped. The design of these vehicles, however, remains a difficult task. Even when the machine is given precise information about its environment, the fact that it is never free of noise further complicate the situation. One of the goals of an AGV project is to design a robust system that will operate efficiently in the presence of different sources of noise.

The scientific of mobile robotics is still evolving, there is no set method to design such a system. In this thesis, we will provide the guidelines and in some cases the necessary information to design an autonomous vehicle.

We will concentrate on the practical side of designing. This includes the various techniques utilized in developing an autonomous vehicle at New Jersey Institute of Technologies' Center for Manufacturing Systems.

Included in

Manufacturing Commons

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