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Who in the world can we find at this university that is just crazy enough to think they can do this?

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No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.
-- H.E. Luccock

Our team consists of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Seems everyone wants to get in on a piece of the action.

Dr. Lee
Faculty
Dr. Dah Jye (D.J.) Lee
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
453 Clyde Building

Dr. James ArchibaldDr. Archibald
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
451 Clyde Building
Brigham Young University

Dr. Doran K. Wilde Dr. Wilde
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
459 Clyde Building
Brigham Young University


Staff
Joe Bussio: Lead Assistant
bussio [at] ee [dot] byu [dot] edu
(801) 422-5350
416 CB
Brigham Young University


Groups
The BYUC team is divided into four groups , each group specializing in one major aspect of getting this van to actually drive by itself. Here's an outline of the groups:


Sensors
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your eyes had their very own brain? Me neither. But anyway, that's pretty much what the sensor team is. We are creating a mesh of "smart" sensors that can extract meaningful information from raw sensor data. Using both stereo- and mono- cameras, we will determine where the traveling lane is, where the car is within the lane, what the shape of the lane is, and what obstacles are in our field of view. With the laser rangefinders, we will detect obstacles, potholes, and road edges. Fusing the data from the cameras and rangefinders together, we will provide a more accurate description of Ynot's surroundings to the AI team. We will also be using the GPS system (hopefully integrated with an IMU before too long) and a 3-axis compass to determine the car's pitch, roll, and heading.
So, to tell you the truth (don't tell the other groups about this)... *we have total control over the vehicle...* Basically we can make the car go wherever we want it to by giving it false lane and obstacle information. Imagine if you were walking around outside with a pair of Virtual Reality goggles on. The images entering your brain would be completely different from the actual terrain you were walking on. Freaky, huh? But you can tell the other groups that we'll be nice and give them accurate lane and obstacle data. We prefer that the car stays in one piece.


Architecture
"So with the drive-by-wire thing [the Pronto-4], the car can already be driven using a computer, what's the big deal?" That's the question I get from people who didn't tune me out when they heard the words "computer" and "engineering" .
That's easy--a lot.
The architecture team is centered around making the sensors talk, interpreting the information, making sense of it, implementing some form of artificial intelligence to make decisions based on the sensor data, and then sending those driving commands to the control system.


Control
The control group gets to assume that the architecture group knows what they're doing. Taking a command such as "go from waypoint A to waypoint B, then turn left to waypoint C", the control group has to use vehicle physics and sensors to measure speed of the vehicle and compute a traversable trajectory. With the computed trajectory they have to then give actual angle and velocity commands to the pronto-4 kit to steer the vehicle.

 

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What is a team without teammates? Here are the latest photos of the team in action


Troy (Kairos) presents the van to the dean


Troy (Kairos Autonomi), Dr. Day Jye Lee, and the department Deans


Graduate Students
Chris Greco Christopher Greco
M.S. Electrical Engineering
BYUC Team Leader
Sensor Team Leader

Kirt Lillywhite Kirt Lillywhite
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
Architecture Group Leader


Spencer Fowers
Spencer Fowers
M.S. Electrical Engineering


Josh Henrie
Josh Henrie
M.S. Electrical Engineering


Beau Tippetts Beau Tippetts
M.S. Electrical Engineering
Vehicle Control Group Leader


Zhaoyi Wei
Zhaoyi (Roger) Wei
Ph.D. Computer Engineering


Aaron Dennis
Aaron Dennis
Practically an M.S. Electrical Engineering



Bryce Ready
M.S. Computer Engineering


Undergraduate Students
Sensor Group
Brian Buss (Electrical Engineering)
Ryan Carter (Computer Engineering)
Jeff Copeland (Electrical Engineering)
Steven Cramer (Electrical Engineering)
Will Fleming (Computer Science)
Caleb Hinton (Electrical Engineering)
Joseph Parish (Computer Engineering)
Paul Tseung (Electrical Engineering)
Garrett Twogood (Computer Engineering)
Josh Underdown (Electrical Engineering)


Undergraduate Students
Vehicle Control Group
Jake Huckaby (Electrical Engineering)
Ben McMillan (Electrical Engineering)
Sean Hess (Electrical Engineering)
Jeff Copeland (Electrical Engineering)
Daniel Brower (Electrical Engineering)
Brian Buss (Electrical Engineering)
Jason Jones (Electrical Engineering)
Joshua Adams (Electrical Engineering)
Jonathon Woahn (Mechanical Engineering)
Felicia Wall (Mechanical Engineering)
Jared Geddes (Mechanical Engineering)
James Taylor, Jr. (Math,Physics)


Undergraduate Students
Artificial Intelligence Group
Robert Bell
Bennion Redd
Bryce Wing
Robert Hyatt
Mason Konkle
Jeffrey Clement
Douglas George
Jeff Boyd
Josh Underdown
Mike Carey
Jacob Statham
Blake Johnson
Kent McGillivary
Preston Cowley