Industry and UK Government are calling for Engineering Graduates who appreciate not just the technical details of a particular discipline, but who can also identify with the 'whole business' in which they will work.
Warwick Mobile Robotics, a project developed by a group of final year, multi-disciplinary MEng students at the University of Warwick, provides an opportunity for students to work on projects that present real world problems. Working as collaborative teams, students explore a range of disciplines as they manage the project delivery.
For 2009 the team developed a robot for the RoboCup Rescue competition. The goal of the competition is to increase awareness of the challenges involved in search and rescue applications, provide objective evaluation of robotic implementations in representative environments, and promote collaboration between researchers. It requires robots to demonstrate their capabilities in mobility, sensory perception, planning, mapping, and practical operator interfaces, while searching for simulated victims in unstructured environments.
This film explains more about the project and how the team worked with supporters in industry to develop the robot that went on to claim 3rd place in the competition.
The Warwick Mobile Robotics project is part of the School of Engineering, with a laboratory situated in the IMC, International Manufacturing Centre, home of the world renowned WMG. WMR has support and assistance from two PhD students and two University academics who act as the project directors (Prof. Ken Young and Dr. Peter Jones).