Autonomous Robots for Material Handling

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Autonomous robots are being developed for application ranging from lawn mowing to healthcare. We are developing an intelligent Material Handling (iMH) system that will consist of a fleet of autonomous forklifts that will operate in a warehouse. The robots use sensors to move between locations within a warehouse and to communicate with one another to efficiently store and retrieve items.

The exhibit will consist of a 2-3 minute video describing the project and demonstrating the sensors and technologies used in the development of autonomous robots and forktrucks. The video contains clips of the three stages of our research going form simulation to a small robot platform and finally to a full scale forktruck. The video also shows some of the sensors deployed on the autonomous agents and what the sensor allow the robot to "see" and enabling the robot to navigate in the environment.

Autonomous Robots in Warehouse

Autonomous Forktruck in Warehouse

Object Identification - Forktruck and Person

Omnidirectional Camera Perspective View on Robot

LiDAR Sensor View on Robot

Project Team Members with Forktruck and Robot

Team Members Working on Robot

Team Members Working on Forktruck


Michael Kuhl,
Clark Hochgraf,
Amlan Ganguly,
Andres Kwasinski,
Vicky Sipasseuth,
Sriparvathi Bhattathiri,
Maojia Li,
Abhishek Vashist,
Ankita Tondwalkar,
Dylan Lebedin,
Andrew Pasek,
Rahul Gulia,
Sharan Vidash Vidya Shanmugham

Michael Kuhl

Intelligent Material Handling Systems Research Lab

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