A web-based teleoperative mobile robotic system : Master of Engineering in Information Engineering at Massey University, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand

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With the rapid development of internet technology, it becomes real that human beings can access, modify and control a remote hardware device via internet connection. Such remote operations can replace the human to be present at a dangerous or unreachable place or can make as many as possible users to access the hardware in different places at a low cost. The thesis research was aimed at developing a web based mobile robot control framework for education purpose. It should be composed of a mobile robot. Http server, dynamic user interface and video server. With it users can view and control the real robot via a normal web browser and can choose to run either simulation or the real robot. This is done by setting up operational parameters via a friendly GUI (graphic user interface). Users also can upload and compile their own C code to control the robot and get back the running results. The main objectives of this thesis research are hardware upgrading for Nomadic Super Scout mobile robot and web based php programming. For the first objective, the onboard PC was replaced by a laptop that is remotely placed and connected to the robot control system via Bluetooth wireless. The Nserver for robot simulation was set up in the Linux operating environment. For the second objective, the software programming was focused on building a web control platform which should be user friendly. An Apache server was developed where PHP program was used for the user interface. The main advantage of using PHP is that it does not need to install or download any software or script to get access to the remote robot via a normal web browser on any operation like windows or Linux. The web-based mobile robot system was tested using two different cases. One case demonstrated how the user specifies a set of motion parameters of the robot that is programmed to perform a wall-following behaviour. The other demonstrated how the user uploads a collision avoidance program to run the robot that is placed among obstacles. Both case studies were performed in real environments and the results proved the success of the developed web-based robotic system.
Mobile robots -- Control systems, Remote control