The MU Robotics Team and another MU student organization shared their research with Pennsylvania legislators on March 7. The Annual Poster Conference allows undergraduate students at PA colleges and universities to present their research to Pennsylvania’s key decision-makers. Throughout the day, students interacted with members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate while also sharing ideas and experiences with their peers.
The “Autonomous LiDAR-Based Environment Navigator (ALiEN) 2.0” research project further explores the new sensors used in self-driving cars. Students from the MU robotics team developed ALiEN 2.0, which resembles the technology of a self-driving car on a smaller scale as it includes distributed control systems that include a LiDAR sensor, five machine vision cameras, a global position system (GPS) module and chassis drive controllers.
Elizabeth Maschke, a sophomore manufacturing engineering technology major, explains the significance of this event and her research. “Attending and presenting is significant as our research can provide advances to the world of automation and robotics. It also signifies the hundreds of hours my team and I have put into developing our research.”
The students who presented for the “Autonomous LiDAR-Based Environment Navigator (ALiEN) 2.0” include:
- Elizabeth Maschke, sophomore manufacturing engineering technology major from Mount Laurel, NJ
- Dennis Nguyen, sophomore dual major of Automation and Robotics and Mathematics from Lancaster, PA
- Ian Troop, Automation and Intelligent Robotics Engineering Technology major from Lancaster, PA
– Leah Reagan, excerpted from Millersville NEWS blog.