The 2014-2015 Robotics Capstone team, The Riddle Rascals, consists of mechanical and electrical engineering students who are designing and developing an autonomous mobile robot called Tour-PNADDER (Path.Navigating.Autonomous.Differentially-Driven.Escort.Robot).

Tour-PNADDER will be able to navigate between any defined 'Point A' and 'Point B' on the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Campus. Upon start-up, Tour-PNADDER will localize its position as Point A, and then wait for user-input to define Point B. Using a programmed position controller and various sensors (including encoders, cameras, Lidar, and an IMU) the robot will travel along the paved walkways on campus, while avoiding obstacles, until the destination has been reached.

Tour-PNADDER is designed to be a active visual-aid for tour groups visiting our campus. Seeing ERAU-developed technology in action will hopefully promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) popularity, and attract students to the College of Engineering on campus. Possible future applications of Tour-PNADDER may even include fully autonomous campus tours.

For more information please vist the Riddle Rascals webpage.

Tour-PNADDER model.

Higbee Team

Team members from left to right: Karl Pruhsmeier, Jason Chong, Trent Gardner, Jaya Nwobu, Trent Wargo, Brigette Cochran, Tanner Reznicek, and Haris Tyeb.