Frank Blecha, Tim Beese, Damon Kuntz, Jonathan Cameron, David Sexton, and David Gustafson, Kansas State University
The Computing and Information Sciences Department at Kansas State University has developed a software control laboratory for the purpose of exposing undergraduate students to the problems of developing software on real, moving equipment. The equipment in the laboratory consists of two Nomad200 robots and two Scout robots from Nomadic Technology, Inc. The main use of the equipment is in a capstone, two-semester software engineering sequence. In this course, selected teams of students develop software to control the robot in tasks such as maze running, object identification or environment mapping. In the last few AAAI robotic contests, the tasks have been similar to projects in the course.