LVC21F-120 Berets: Open-design, cross-platform robotics carrier boards

Session Abstract

Level: Intermediate  The UCSD Coordinated Robotics Lab, in collaboration with the Contextual Robotics Institute at UC San Diego and Qualcomm, is developing an ecosystem of ARM-based control boards (in the Raspberry Pi, 96boards, and BeagleBone formats) for embedded applications in mobile robotics and cyber-physical systems. These boards, dubbed Berets, are compact, powerful, efficient, and easily extended. Their primary functions are power regulation (from 2S to 6S LiPos at up to 20A) and advanced feedback control, for both brushed and brushless motors in a wide variety of sizes. The software that drives this new family of boards will facilitate easy portability from one SBC platform to another; ROS drivers are also under development.

Session Speakers

Ricardo Gorinstein

PhD Student & Beret Chief Hardware Architect (UC San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute)

Ricardo Gorinstein is a Ph.D. student at the University of California San Diego, studying advanced dynamics and control of small robotics systems. He has been developing the Beret family of boards for two years along with a new design of the educational balancing robot, EduMiP, which is used to teach senior- and graduate-level control classes.

Thomas Bewley

Professor, robotics & large-scale state estimation (UC San Diego)

Prof Thomas R Bewley (BS/MS, Caltech, 1989; diploma, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, 1990; PhD, Stanford, 1998) directs the UCSD Flow Control and Coordinated Robotics Labs. The Flow Control Lab investigates a host of questions ranging from theoretical to applied, including the development of advanced analysis tools and numerical methods to better understand, optimize, estimate, forecast, and control fluid systems. The Coordinated Robotics Lab investigates the mobility and coordination of small multi-modal robotic vehicles, leveraging dynamic models and feedback control, with prototypes built using cellphone-grade electronics, custom PCBs, and 3D printing; the team has also worked with a number of commercial partners to design and bring successful consumer and educational-focused robotics products to market. The two labs collaborate closely on a variety of interdisciplinary projects, including the coordination of tethered balloons near cliffs, untethered balloons in hurricanes, and the adaptive deployment of sensor vehicles in environmental plumes.

Henrik Christensen

UC San Diego, Contextual Robotics Institute, Professor of Computer Science (UC San Diego )

Henrik Christensen is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and the Qualcomm Chair of Robot Systems. He is the director of the Contextual Robotics Institute. He is also the co-founder of Robust.AI and ROBO-Global. Dr. Christensen does research on a systems approach to problems in the domains of robotics, AI and computer vision. He was awarded the Engelberger Award 2014 and was named Boeing Supplier of the Year 2014.

Level: Intermediate 

The UCSD Coordinated Robotics Lab, in collaboration with the Contextual Robotics Institute at UC San Diego and Qualcomm, is developing an ecosystem of ARM-based control boards (in the Raspberry Pi, 96boards, and BeagleBone formats) for embedded applications in mobile robotics and cyber-physical systems. These boards, dubbed Berets, are compact, powerful, efficient, and easily extended. Their primary functions are power regulation (from 2S to 6S LiPos at up to 20A) and advanced feedback control, for both brushed and brushless motors in a wide variety of sizes. The software that drives this new family of boards will facilitate easy portability from one SBC platform to another; ROS drivers are also under development.

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