P12215: Wandering Ambassador Test Stand

Detailed Design

Table of Contents

For any material that is not covered within this section please refer to the full report which can be downloaded here:

Detailed Design Review

Please refer to the Sensor Info section for all sensor information

Materials That Were Reviewed in the Detailed Design Review:

Project Background and Approach

Project Background

Over the past four years, RIT students have designed, assembled, and tested the Wandering Ambassador. They have succeeded in their goal of showcasing the creativity and aptitude of RIT students. Since the first year, the complexity of the project has grown immensely. The task of comprehending and understanding past modifications to enhance the project further has become a laborious task. Any further multidisciplinary modifications can only be done in a serial progression because of the current layout causing unnecessary time delays.

Project Statement

Our goal is to reduce the period in which a new group can familiarize themselves with the Wandering Ambassador. In addition, a comprehensive testing platform will be designed to allow quicker problem solving and multidisciplinary work to be performed in parallel.


Improve modularity of the system to be able to separate and reassemble the electrical and mechanical components rapidly. Keep the electrical system organized and optimized for future improvements. Enhance the campus experience for prospective students. Showcase aptitude of RIT engineering students Create a user friendly interface for detecting hardware malfunctions. Tutorials for I2C interfaces and data analyzer.


Expected Project Benefits At present, prospective RIT students interact with human ambassadors who guide them around the campus. This project will help these students discover the possibilities an RIT education can provide. Students will be able to interact with The Wandering Ambassador to find directions, local weather, events, dining locations and other information pertaining to campus life. In addition, the proposed improvements and learning tools will help future engineering teams further develop the Wandering Ambassador platform.

Strategy & Approach

Assumptions & Constraints: The team must have a well-rounded understanding of the current Wandering Ambassador robot in order to enable off-line development, experimentation, and debugging. The team must assume particular components of the current robot are operable. The ability to enable parallel development and create a modular system for upcoming teams will prove to be a constraint due to several technologies being developed simultaneously. The team will focus on design issues throughout the duration of the project in order to assist the development of future design iterations.

Issues & Risks:' Increase reliability of Wandering Ambassador

Redesign of selected systems to allow for increased functionality and addition of peripherals by future MSD teams

Mitigate troubleshooting by creating a test stand, disconnect system and diagnostic GUI

Expectations and Outcome of Detailed Design Review

Highlight limitations of proposed designs and subsystems

Feedback from faculty regarding software solutions

General comments and input from faculty

Permission to move forward with design and order parts

Top ten critical specs

Critical Specs

Critical Specs

Customer Needs and Engineering Specs

Customer Needs

Customer Needs

Engineering Specifications

Engineering Specifications




Diagnostic Tool Box

We developed a few tool sets in order to counter any issues that come up with the Wandering Ambassador.
Sensor monitoring interface

Sensor monitoring interface

Test Stand

The proposed design for the test stand will have brakets constraining the electronic housing in the X and Y direction and individual disconnects for each sensor that will be attached.
Tests Stand Render

Tests Stand Render

Sensor Info

Sensor Specific Risks

Sensor Specs

Example PSoC3 Creator Interface

Sonar Data sheet


Bill of materials

Bill of materials

Major Detailed Design Review Notes

Detailed Design Review Meeting Notes

Tentative MDSD II Plan



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