SUBJECT: M.S. Thesis Presentation
BY: Zulfiqar Haider Zaidi
TIME: Friday, August 14, 2020, 12:00 p.m.
TITLE: ROS based Teleoperation and Docking of a Low Speed Urban Vehicle
COMMITTEE: Bert Bras, Chair (ME)
Anirban Mazumdar (ME)
Richard Simmons (SEI)


In recent years, 4G LTE technology has provided us with higher than ever transfer speeds over the cellular networks, permitting streaming of video and other high bandwidth services. On the other hand, there has been a rapid development and an explosion of interest in frameworks for robot software development, particularly ROS. Though there have been many studies which have leveraged 4G LTE network as the mode of communication when studying teleoperations, a very few studies have used 4G LTE network with ROS framework for building teleoperated systems.

Therefore, this study seeks to build a teleoperated system using the ROS framework which employs the 4G LTE network for communication. For this purpose, a prototype system is built using a remote-controlled low speed urban vehicle that hosts a multimedia link between the vehicle and the control station. The operator drives the vehicle remotely primarily based on processed video feed and LIDAR data. The vehicle is also equipped with safety systems to avoid collisions. The teleoperated system built is tested by asking an experienced driver to complete certain tasks while driving the vehicle remotely.

Moreover, this study also intends to build an autonomous docking procedure for the vehicle. A docking procedure based on differential GPS and video feedback is built that allows the vehicle to autonomously dock itself into a charging station. The procedure provides a proof of concept solution for the autonomous charging/fueling of self-driving cars.