05.02.2018 change 05.02.2018

A robot built by AGH UST students delivers parcels

Source: AGH Source: AGH

Students of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków have built an autonomous transport and delivery robot. Its task is to deliver parcels to designated places.

"To our knowledge, this is one of the first student designs of this type in Poland" - told PAP one of the three creators of the robot, Paweł Węgrzyn.

The device will remain at the university. It will be used by students in car automation classes, and it will transport objects between individual AGH UST buildings.

According to the university press release sent to PAP, the ADR (Autonomous Delivery Robot) is an electric autonomous robot with built-in intelligent control algorithms. This means that depending on the current external situation, the device is capable of making the right decisions, for example avoid obstacles. It uses lidar sensors that scan the surrounding environment with lasers. These sensors also allow the robot to create maps that are automatically saved in its system. After choosing the place of delivery, the robot finds the optimal route and accomplishes the task.

The robot moves at a maximum speed of 0.5 m/s and can carry up to 10 kg. It has ultrasonic sensors and a touch screen that allows to control the robot manually. The device also has voice command capability.

According to the release, the robot was inspired by the daily life at the university and the idea to automate the delivery of packages between the AGH UST campus buildings. But the machine's potential applications do not end there. "In the future, ADR can deliver medicines and meals to patients in hospitals, or transport luggage at airports and stations. An autonomous transport robot could also be used as an intelligent shopping trolley in large stores, or a waiter at conferences and symposia" - reads the AGH UST release.

The robot's operation can be seen in this video.

The project was completed as part of the rector's grant by members of the science club Integra from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering at the AGH with the help of their supervisor, Dr. Marek Długosz.

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author: Beata Kołodziej

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