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Project-based learning - design of a prototype semiautonomous vehicle

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3 Author(s)
Ho, M.L. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Hong Kong Polytech. Univ., China ; Rad, A.B. ; Chan, P.T.

This article described how project-based learning helps engage students in the design of a complicated system. Throughout the course of the project, a student demonstrated a holistic learning process and managed to accomplish all the stated objectives of the project. The project emphasized techniques for solving control problems. To give the student a manageable learning experience, the project was divided into eight subtasks. Through the completion of subtasks, the student learned problem-solving techniques for practical controller design such as planning, literature survey, reading technical datasheets, trouble-shooting, and experimental testing and evaluation. These techniques can be used for other engineering design projects. The project involved vertical and horizontal integration of different subjects for a meaningful application. The prototype vehicle is currently used for undergraduate demonstrations and research in autonomous vehicles.

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Control Systems, IEEE  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

Oct. 2004

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