Yangmin Xie: Virtual reality simulation in robotics

Title

Virtual reality simulation software development for autonomous robotic systems

Mentor

Yangmin Xie

University

Shanghai, China: Shanghai University

Department

Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering

Biosketch

Dr. Xie received her Ph.D. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. She currently works on intelligent sensing and manipulation of unmanned systems. Her research areas include auto-navigation, autonomous exploration, path planning, environment modeling, and object recognition by unmanned mobile systems.

Project overview

Virtual reality is an advanced tool that can realize human-involved real-time simulation for various applications. In this project, the students are required to build a computer-generated simulation software that describes the autonomous behaviors of robots in pre-designed and dynamic virtual environments. The relative work include: 1) establish 3D models with given environmental data and robot models; 2) program the kinematic motion of the robots in Unity 3D; 3) build up the interactive relationship among the virtual objects and the VR equipment; 4) design and build the GUI for the software system.