19 Oct

Automatically added tabs for a cube structureThis week, I worked on improving how the RoCo system handles connections. RoCo is designed to allow users to easily fabricate 3D robot designs in a number of ways. Often, this involves breaking up or flattening the geometry, which causes the need for a...

18 Oct

Before summer started I left Andruino as a work in progress. I was able to achieve active communication between my phone and the microcontroller but the system was very distinct from RoCo and not easy to use at all. This quarter my focus will be on improving the Android app and making it more integr...

17 Oct

On Tuesday I finished the assembly of the load cell based automatic force measuring system:After testing, the prototype can automaticlly measure small scale force up to 100g with precision up to 0.01g (I am still working on improving the resolution of the system). Here are two images for measur...

17 Oct

In order for users to add the algorithm to the envirornment, users need to modified two aspect of the environment: Create a algorithmn class for this new algorithm Add this algorithmn to the list of algorithmns in the main environment file for testing.

17 Oct

The third version of Mechanical logic was created (shown as below) and the comparision with version II was conducted. Given the stability of the structure, we will first use Version II as start point to combine the SCP actuators to verify the functionality. However, the version III has much high pos...

16 Oct

While progress on implementing the machine learning for the controller continues, I thought I would an update on the new FOM (figures of merit) for the autonomous controllers, which are used to evaluate the ability of the autonomous controller to reduce traffic. The new figures are the result of sev...

12 Oct

Last week, I designed the third version of mechanical logic. This third version used different kind of mechanism for forming bistable beam. The 2D pattern design is attached below. The biggest advantage of this design is less complexity for assembly thought the design itself is much complicated. And...

12 Oct

New tabbed RoCo InterfaceHi all, its been a while,This past summer, I did an internship at Symantec, where I worked on creating a Linux testing framework for a malware detection application. My framework ran performance tests on the program and analyzed the data to extract information about th...

11 Oct

An example of tabs in a 2D geometric unfoldingThis quarter, my main goals are finishing up my research with RoCo (Robot Compiler), and planning and starting a new research project in a new area.After working on RoCo for the past year, the project has grown considerably, and new team members wi...

11 Oct

This week I worked on fixing and documenting bugs in RoCo to prepare it for an upcoming handover to a new team. I will be moving on to a new project later this quarter so in addition to working on RoCo, I performed a literature search for the current state of the art of reinforcement learning and le...