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Nikki Lopez

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona | Graduation Date: Fall 2019
Mechanical Engineering

Being humble, honest, and hardworking is how to land your dream job.

Mentor: Armando Rodriguez
FURI: Fall 2018

The goal of this study is to improve “Intelligent Ground Robotic Vehicles” that focus on the long-term goal of designing a Flexible Autonomous Machine capable of operating in Uncertain Environments (FAME). The first phase design lacked the ability to navigate in tight environments. Implementing a design that allows for high-speed movements without causing damage will result in more object-detections. These autonomous machines have potential applications in the safety and security of lives, as it can apply to search and rescue missions after disasters. Future research includes exploring additional filtering sensors, such as a sound sensor and a thermal imaging camera.

Other Projects

Development of a Ground Robot with a Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) Capability

Mentor: Armando Rodriguez
FURI: Spring 2018

The objective of this research is to build a ground robotic vehicle that can determine complete localization and mapping an unknown environment using LiDAR. Current project accomplishments include increased comprehension and application of the Raspberry Pi and Arduino with the sensors. The research team has found that the robot vehicles in possession do not allow for ideal placement of some of the sensors. It was also determined that an Arduino Mega should be used instead of an Arudino UNO. Future work includes testing the improved robotic vehicle in an unknown area to a pre-specified precision in minimum time.