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MITRA

Robotics Association
of MIT


Vision


The Mitra is committed to provide all department students of MIT with a new experience to the developing technologies in addition to their syllabus. The association makes them to face the developing world with competitive knowledge and skills...

AGENDA


MATLAB Basics

Application to MATLAB

Arduino workshop will focus on getting you up and running with Arduino quickly, so that you will understand the basic procedures for working with Arduino and can explore further on your own. An Arduino is a small computer that you can program to control things like lights or motors along with listening to components like motion detection sensors. It can give your project interactivity without needing an expensive and large circuit. Instead, you use a computer to program the Arduino, upload your code to the Arduino, and hook up your circuit.

This session aims to teach everyone the basics of Python programming which would make them comfortable in attending the up coming session(like Image processing with Open CV, socket etc). We will cover the basics of how one could construct a program from a series of instructions. More exciting part is serial communication,using Serial library and manipulating the received data using Pygame library. If you could send the sensed data from Arduino to Python(PC), BOOM, you could do wonders. It depends on how effectively you manipulate in your Python program.

Have you ever wondered what is inside the versatile Photoshop Software?

Have you ever wondered about giving the power of vision to your robots and other projects?

The possibilities of adding computer vision to real time systems in endless from photoshop softwares to autonomous cars. Your creativity is the limit.

Are you interested in getting started? Well you are at the right place as we, the people of MIT Robotics Association( MITRA), are conducting a splendid workshop which teaches students, the basic concepts of image processing.

Socket programming using Python and Arduino

Ethical Hacking

Solidworks

ANSYS

SESSION REQUIREMENTS




1.Laptop(With web cam and supports Arduino IDE, Python IDLE and Wi-Fi connectivity)
2.Arduino Uno. (With communication cable for serial)
3.Bread board.
4.Jumpers. (male-male:10pcs male-female:10pcs female-female:10pcs)
5.Resitors.(200 Ohms:5 Pcs)
6.Led.(5pcs any color)
7.Motor Driver-L293D IC.(1 Pc)
8.Servo Motor Micro SG-90 towerpro.(1Pc)
9.Some cardboard strip to fix in servo.
10.LDR(Light dependent resistor).(3 pin)
11.Voltage regulator.
12.Ultrasonic sensor.
13.Multimeter.(Optional)

MITHUB


An initiative by the members of MITRA



Access the contents of MITHUB here:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=10IPhG1CUEQiznO41fa3KvBQZKDmNsRyL


Register for content Maintenance here:

https://goo.gl/forms/26x1b2oar8keCvOx2


Make your contributions to MITHUB here:

https://goo.gl/forms/b2iYQ0kq8BxOmoZs1

The Team


This is the annual report of the MIT Robotics Association(MITRA) for the period 2017-2018. The MIT robotics club after a brief period of inactivity has been rebooted under a new name MIT Robotics Association (MITRA) by Syed Salman of ECE 2014 batch. This was formed under the motive of giving technical training and support for students to enable them to take part in many of technical and robotics competitions held all over India. Under its guidance many of the students have participated in competitions held all across Tamil Nadu such as Pragyan, conducted by NIT, Invente 2.0 conducted by SSN college and some competions in national level like E-yantra conducted by IIT Bombay. We have even ambitious ideas for the forth coming semester but that is beyond the scope of this report. During the odd semester, MITRA conducted a total of 4 workshops each held on a weekend of a week. The purpose of conducting all the workshops on weekends was to make sure we have enough time to teach the students everythings that is to be said. These are not different from those workshops conducted by institutes in chennai. All these workshops were hands on where the students were expected to bring the required materials on their own. Though there was an initial doubt on the feasibility of active participation of students on non working days and whether they would be willing to buy the components on their own, it was proved wrong by those who attended these workshops. Here is the list of workshops conducted on the odd semester:







MITRA INAUGRATION

Amidst all these workshops, MITRA's inaugration ceremony took place on the month of January to make the students of 1st year aware of the activities of MITRA and we encouraged them to take part on the workshop that would follow the Inaugration ie, the Line follower with Arduino workshop-2. The inagration took place with the presence of the dean of MIT Dr. A. Rajadurai and Mr. Pawan from the infamous Lema Labs of IITM research park, a startup which focusses on teaching students the concepts of Embedded systems and other technology in current trend. Holding to the tradition of MIT, the inagration begun with Thamizh Thai Vaazhthu and lighting up of Kuthu Vilakku by the chairman of MITRA. The dean of MIT gave a welcome speech and it was followed by a speech by the staff advisor of MITRA, Dr. S. Sivaramakrishnan and ended with a postive and motivating speech from the chief guest, Mr. Pawan from lema labs and the national anthem.

This session was more of an introduction to the concepts of robotics. The basics components of a robot such as sensors, actuators and controllers was taught during this session. And since robotics involves a major part of electronics some basic and important concepts in electronics such as diode, ohm's law, e.t.c were taught. After this we moved into the the hands on part. The basic concepts of Scratch, a software developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT). These involve moving the characters on the screen using blocks of code. The session ended with students making their own scenes with such characters and codes.

This session covered the concepts of a micro controller more deeply and the electronics involved in an arduino and the basics of arduino. Students begun with an arduino sketch to turn on and turn off an LED light and ended the session with a non contact tachometer built with and Arduino and an Infrared proximity sensor.

A line follower is a robot which traces a black or a white line drawn on a flat surface. The concepts and the logic involved in such a robot and how to build one such robot with components like IR sensors, Arduino motors and other components was covered in this session. Concepts like breadboard connection, arduino coding and arduino de-bugging and the motion of a line follower such as applying different torques to achieve different turn were taught to students and many students came up with a successfull working model.

Solid works is an important part of a mech stream student's academic and career life. But it is not limited to just them. So we conducted a workshop to introduce students to the basics of solid works. This involved creating 3D models in solid works and animating those models. The above were conducted on the odd semster of the academics year. More workshops were conducted on the even semester too. We have tried our best to remain active even during the even semesters and we believe that we have achieved it by conducting 5 more workshops in the even semester too besides the tight schedule in the even semester. The following workshops were conducted on the even semester:

With lots of craze and hype over drones and its equally active use by both hobbyists and professionals, we decided to conduct a workshop to cover the basics of a drone. This was the only workshop of MITRA which was not a hands on due to the high cost invloved in building a drone. The applications of a drone, the individual components required for building a drone were shown to the students.

Though hacking does not come under robotics, it is one of an useful technical skill one can have under their sleeve. Besides MITRA seeks to provide practical education which cannot be learned in the classes to all the students. So it was decided to conduct a workshop on this subject. The students were informed about the different types of hacking the need for hacking for a ethical reason, the use of batch files in a computer and connecting to a network of computers and achieving certain operations in such a network.

With huge uprising in artificial intelligence and computer vision in the current world. Image processing based embedded systems shows a lot of promise. Thus we conducted the image processing session, introducing students to the concepts of python programming and the opencv library. Students learned how to open an image and make changes to it such as resizing, changing the colour of certain objects alone in the image, working with individual pixels, concepts such as the HSV color system BGR color system, arithmetic and logical operations on images and video processing for real time applications.

This session is no different from the line follower session conducted on the odd semster but this session was purely for the first year students. We planned on conducting these workshops a bit soon for the first years so that we can teach them more complex concepts for them on the forthcoming semester with ease. We tried conducting sessions on weekdays at evening and they showed a bit of promise. The students were taught the concepts of digital electronics and also on how to build a line follower without a microcontroller on these weekday sessions and we moved on to building one with arduino on the weekend session.

Internet of things has the potential to become the next big boom in the current age of technology. Students were taught how to use Node MCU (a variant of arduino which comes with a wifi and bluetooth module) and the on how to host a server and request permission from the server by acting as a client and so on.

Amidst all these workshops, MITRA's inaugration ceremony took place on the month of January to make the students of 1st year aware of the activities of MITRA and we encouraged them to take part on the workshop that would follow the Inaugration ie, the Line follower with Arduino workshop-2. The inagration took place with the presence of the dean of MIT Dr. A. Rajadurai and Mr. Pawan from the infamous Lema Labs of IITM research park, a startup which focusses on teaching students the concepts of Embedded systems and other technology in current trend. Holding to the tradition of MIT, the inagration begun with Thamizh Thai Vaazhthu and lighting up of Kuthu Vilakku by the chairman of MITRA. The dean of MIT gave a welcome speech and it was followed by a speech by the staff advisor of MITRA, Dr. S. Sivaramakrishnan and ended with a postive and motivating speech from the chief guest, Mr. Pawan from lema labs and the national anthem.

Though MITRA was started only on 2017, we decided to be an ambitious association and decided to conduct our own event and we ended up with naming it as DEXBOT, the name which was used few years ago by MIT Robotics club. The preparations for DEXBOT began during the start of the even semester and we got financial support from a fellow departments as this was our first time and we lacked funds to host such a major event. Neverthless, it was decided to conduct the even first on 2nd and 3rd of Febraury. Since we could not prepare for the even in a short span of time, the event was shifted to 16th adn 17th of March.


Dexbot provided a total of 6 workshops which comprise: Computer Vision and Machine Learning using Python, Internet of things, Android app development, Ethical hacking, Arduino for Robotics, AVR for robotics. One of the highlight of these workshops is that all the workshops were conducted by the students and staff of MIT ranging from second years of E.C.E to Post Graduate students of Mechatronics department.


We also conducted a total of 8 events. They include: Arduino challenge, Robothon, Robo Soccer, RC race, Line Follower, Maze Solver, Sortbot and All terrain Bot. The participants showcased their talent in these events and the competition was heavy. Sort bot is a new event which has never been conducted ever before and it was highly encouraged by the participants and we plan to make lots of changes to the rules and make it an more interesting event. Participants recieved prizes and all of theme were satisfied with the prizes which was satisfying and we aimed to satisfy the participants rather than scamming them for money. It would not be wrong to say that we maintained ethics throught the event.


The response was very high and almost all the workshops were seats full. Though this was our first time, students from different districts of Tamil Nadu participated in Dexbot thanks to the power of Social media we were able to cover a large audience. Since this was our first time. We learned so much on how to conduct such a major event and the minor details involved in such an event ranging from advertising, providing accomodation to preparing our own kits for the workshops conducted by us. This success surely would have been possible without the support of students involved in this event. Though the strength was slightly lesser than what other associations and departments have. We pulled it off. We plan to do the same for the event next year.

Projects


Autonomous Drone Project



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