Planning & Execution
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Our aim is to construct the most energy-efficient, four spoke, collisionless rimless wheel that can sustain periodic motion. This project represents a step towards efficient robot locomotion, as it will strive to minimize energy loss from collisions between the device's "feet" (spokes) and the ground, which is currently the primary source of inefficiency in walking robots. Dr. Gomes unpowered 5 spoke rimless wheel prototype demonstrates that an unpowered system can function on an inclined plane. The next step for this project will be to produce a powered rimless wheel that works on level ground. It is also observed that high interest in walking robots exists and that previous research has tried to achieve a similar end goal as ours. However, in these devices and all other similar research, the energy loss from transport is either unknown or very high. Hence the findings and outcomes from our research will help improve current understanding and future applications of walking robots.
Intellectual Property Considerations
Team Norms & Values
13212 Code of Ethics
What are your expectations for team behavior?
How will you ensure balanced distribution of work?
Pick tasks based on individual strengths
Periodically assess distribution of workload
Allow volunteer phase before assigning tasks
How will you determine roles and responsibilities?
Pick roles on individual strengths
Take into account personal interests of individuals
How will you honor the strengths of the individuals?
Empower each member's strengths
How will you interact with your Guide?
Invite to all group meetings
Ask for periodic feedback and assessment on progress
Use as a resource for planning, material selection, and a mediator for group conflict
How will you communicate with your eachother?
Email (medium/low priority)
Text Messaging (high priority)
Call (high priority)
How will you make decisions?
Utilize discussions to pick the best course of action
What are the expectations for integrity or responsibility with assigned tasks?
Complete tasks assigned
Show progress of work
Present work accomplished at weekly meetings
How will you manage conflict when these expectations are NOT met?
Project Plans & SchedulesProject Plan.xls
Expectations from Systems Design Review (SDR):
- Team presents progress on systems level design of Collisionless Rimless Wheel
- Acquire expert feedback from attending professors -
- Discuss any issues or inconsistencies in design that have not been considered.
- Discuss possible solutions to these issues.
- Discuss any improvements that could be made to the design of the system.
- Draw from the knowledge and experience of the professors.
- Acquire feedback on project plan and adjust accordingly if issues with timing/scheduling are found.
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