2014 ECSSE Senior Design: IEEE Hardware Competition

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Inacio Dias sets the robot up for a run on the test course.

Inacio Dias sets the robot up for a run on the test course.
Photo Credit: Mr. Daryl Labello

One of five 2014 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering Senior Design teams, Team Kentucky, also active IEEE members, designed and developed a robot to compete in the 2014 IEEE SoutheastCon Hardware competition, which was held in Kentucky in March. Six of the seven members were first year IEEE students and new to robotics development, leading to a large gain in engineering robotics experience. The goal of the competition is to design and construct a robot that navigates a course autonomously, acting as a basketball player.  

The team posed the following requirements: the ability to line follow, detect colors, utilize machine vision, be fully autonomous and fire a Nerf dart. To accomplish this, the system was broken down into five Sub-Systems for simplicity purposes during the development phase.

During the course of this project, there was extensive research conducted and detailed in the system requirements specification documents, system design specification documents, and validation and verification documents. As with any system, there were many difficulties encountered that were not anticipated. These setbacks induced more in depth research and testing to achieve the desired results. As a result, this experience enabled for the ability to fully autonomously complete the competition by the end of the senior design course.

Team Kentucky attending the IEEE SoutheastCon Hardware competition banquet. Pictured, left to right: Marc-Antoine Latil, Carey Pfaff, Nicholas Antonio, Inacio Dias, Dominick Tournour, Jorge Torres, and Leo Ghelarducci.  Not Pictured: Evan Richardson

Team Kentucky attending the IEEE SoutheastCon Hardware competition banquet.
Pictured, left to right: Marc-Antoine Latil, Carey Pfaff, Nicholas Antonio, Inacio Dias, Dominick Tournour, Jorge Torres, and Leo Ghelarducci.
Not Pictured: Evan Richardson
Photo Credit: Dr. William C. Barott

Team Members

  • Marc-Antoine Latil, BS Software Engineering, December 2015
  • Carey Pfaff, BS Software Engineering, December 2014
  • Nicholas Antonio, BS Electrical Engineering, December 2014
  • Inacio Dias, BS Computer Engineering, May 2014
  • Dominick Tournour, BS Software Engineering, May 2015
  • Leo Ghelarducci, BS Software Engineering, May 2014
  • Evan Richardson, BS Software Engineering, May 2014

Project Advisors

  • Dr. William C. Barott, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
  • Dr. Remzi Seker, Professor Computer Science
  • Jorge Torres, BSEE, May 2013; MSECE, December 2014