Robotics / Advanced Mobility Laboratory

Advanced Mobility Laboratory

The Advanced Mobility Laboratory (AML) at University of Detroit Mercy is a facility dedicated to graduate and undergraduate research in intelligent mobile robotics and unmanned vehicles.

Areas explored include: localization, navigation, vision/perception, motion control, advanced communication networks and wireless sensor networks.  It is a goal of this laboratory to translate innovative research into practical real-world problem solutions.


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    About the Advanced Mobility Laboratory

    The Advanced Mobility Laboratory comprises faculty and students working with an advanced array of equipment to develop mobile robot systems at University of Detroit Mercy.

    Both graduate and undergraduate students contribute to the research and development work. Our work includes autonomous vehicles to compete in the international Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition as well as government and industry sponsored research projects on cooperative robotics, localization and mapping, navigation and path planning and goal selection.


    Detroit Mercy’s undergraduate ECE curriculum integrates a series of progressively more sophisticated robotics projects throughout the program. Enquiry-based learning enables students to see how concepts work together—as they would in the “real world.” This emphasis on robotics includes a series of courses where students can work on sensors, embedded processors, control systems, and electronics. The curriculum culminate in a comprehensive year-long design sequence which enables students to participate in the development of an Autonomous Ground Vehicle (AGV) for entry in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC).

    Our IGVC participation has provided over 14 years of accumulated experience in mobile robotics research. UDM’s IGVC entries have demonstrated gradual and steady improvements over this period, and have most recently earned two 3rd place and three first place (grand award) finishes (2006-10).

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    Both doctoral and masters students are members of the AML graduate research team and they undertake research covering a broad variety of topics relevant to mobile robotics, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), and mobile/sensor wireless network systems. Funding agencies include TARDEC, MDOT, DOT, Denso, Chrysler and Ford.

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