This project shows and teaches the fundamental understanding and implementation of a practical robotic system through defining a scientifically sustainability-exploration-task eg. the investigation of the water quality, water noise pollution, water temperature etc. in the lakes around Sligo, Ireland and collect research data using this robot system.
The project consists of two parts:
1. In this initial phase the students have to understand the ponds/lakes system in the context of sustainability (economical, ecological, social aspects) and define one or more research question, which would be interesting and in needs to be investigated on with the aid of the two OPEN ROV robots. In this part the project team „from idea to success“ would be also be integrated in the initial phase of the project.
2. The second part is improving and stabilizing the OPEN ROV robot platforms to conclude the research defined above. This could be like adding a 3D printed gripper, add a PH-value sensor, temperature sensor, turbidity sensor, doing software improvement on an autopilot, develop or adapt a software for improvement on the picture processing etc. There is also going to be testing and getting the robots ready.
3. Collecting research data and summarize the research data. Presentation of the data in an appropriate form
Ideally 8-10 students in order to form 2 teams with each of them working on one robot. Each team should have at least two (ideally four) students of the field environment, energy or management with sustainability background for developing different ecological, economical models.
Mechanical, Electronic, Computer-Science-Students and/or Students with Engineering background for extending the robot platform with the desired sensors, programming additional functionality and improving the platform for stable investigation dives would be also demanded in this project.