June 9-13, 2006
On the early morning of June
8, 2006 the Wunderbot 3 team set forth on a 500+ mile journey to
Selfridge Air Force base located in Michigan for the 14th annual
Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition. This competition featured over
30 colleges from all over the globe including USA, Canada, Japan and
India! Robotic teams were comprised of undergraduate students, graduate
students, and faculty! The competition lasted four days and required
teams to maneuver their robots through a very tight fitting obstacle
course, a large field GPS navigation course and a complete techincal report on the
This is the 2nd time
(2004, 2006) Elizabethtown College has entered a team into the
competition. Wunderbot 3 looked nothing like its predecessor with new
code, software, hardware, and physical layout design. Overall, the team
did an impressive job and held their own with some of the top
engineering schools in the world and left an impressive with many of
the judges and sponsors.
The Wunderbot IV is
looking to compete in the 2008 IGVC competition and once again will
have many new features aboard including a full working vision system to
detect and avoid large obstacles, optimized GPS navigation for faster
and more precise movement through the GPS navigation course, and JAUS
implementation for universal network communication with the military
and other robots at the competition.
More information can be
found at the IGVC website.
More pictures can be
found on the IGVC
website and Dr.