Centered around a project where teams (1 to 2 students per team) create and program a visually-guided autonomous quadrotor robot, this class focuses on advanced embedded control of an electromechanical system.  Topics include mechanical/electrical assembly, programming interfaces between an embedded computer (such as a Raspberry PI running Linux) and external sensors/actuators (such as an IMU, camera, or motor controllers), programming and tuning a timing-critical control loop for stable flight, using pre-existing computer vision software for tracking optical targets, and creating a software stack that interacts with low-level code to create a desired high level behavior. The simple four rotor design of quadrotors is easy to work with and modify, allowing engineers to find better applications each day.

This workshop introduces participants to the technologies involved in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and the techniques involved in making a working Quadrotor. Students practically understand the overall design, configuration and testing of the Quadrotor project.

Course Outcomes

  • Introduction to Rotary-wing aircraft
  • Introduction to design and development of Multi Rotor Vehicles
  • Understanding the Electronics circuitry involved in Quadrotor
  • Learning about the working of accelerometer sensors, gyroscopes and controllers
  • Hands-on experience for participants with DC motors, electronic speed controllers and Quadcopter Embedded control board

Course Structure and Topics covered

  • Understanding rotary-wing aircraft and their Dynamics
  • Exposure to Design and concepts of Embedded Systems behind Multicopters
  • Fabrication of Quadcopter frame and its circuit
  • Calibration and Testing of the developed Quadcopter
  • Quadcopter Flying using Radio Control and competition

Kit Content

  • Embedded Development Board
  • Brushless DC motors
  • Propellers (Pushers and Pullers)
  • Electronic Speed Controllers
  • Power Distribution Board
  • Accelerometer sensors
  • Gyroscopic sensors
  • Quadrotor frame
  • Screws and Nuts
  • Transmitter *
  • Receiver *
  • Working tools *

All the above components would be provided during the program to participants in groups of 5 but would be taken back at the end. This is being done to reduce the cost of the program and make it affordable for students who do not want to buy the take-away kit.

Online Portal

Participants have access to an exclusive online portal to:

  • View status of registered and attended workshops
  • View study material for workshops
  • Write online exams and receive separate certificates with scores. These certificates with scores will provide students an opportunity to show their learning in job interviews.

Eligibility

Anybody interested in rotary-wing aircraft can attend this workshop.

Course Curriculum

Understanding rotary-wing aircraft and their Dynamics
Exposure to Design and concepts of Embedded Systems behind Multicopters
Fabrication of Quadcopter frame and its circuit
Calibration and Testing of the developed Quadcopter

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