Robot Contest


ECE 4413 / AME 4383 Robot Tracking and Capture Project


‘Robot Target’ Specifications




To build an autonomous robotic vehicle capable of detecting and trapping a target robotic vehicle. The target vehicle is a remote controlled vehicle equipped with an infrared (IR) beacon. The target must be captured by latching on to the target’s crash guard for a period of 10 seconds. Alternatively, the target can also be latched on to by means of a device similar to a fishing net.  

The target robot is a track-type vehicle with a drive motor for each track. The motors are controlled through reversible drive electronics and have identical characteristics in the forward and reverse directions. The robot is outfitted with IR and visible light beacons to enable the tracker to track the target. The vehicle chassis is enclosed in a hemi-spherical body that is 22 inches in diameter and 5.5 inches tall. The beacon electronics is mounted on top of the body in a cylinder 6 inches in diameter and 4.5 inches tall. 

Target Robot Specifications

Instantaneous Acceleration (till a velocity of 2 feet/sec is reached) 10 feet/sec2
Normal Acceleration 4 feet/sec2
Maximum Velocity 5 feet/sec
Minimum Turning Radius 0 feet
Maximum Turning Radius 30 feet
Diameter of base 22 inches
Crash guard (tubing) diameter

22 inches (inner)

23 inches (outer)

3 inches off the ground


Max weight 5 lbs.

IR Beacons


Number 16
Visibility 360 degrees
Range 25 feet
Modulation 40kHz


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