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July 17, 2008

Mtg: Presentation by the Winner of IEEE Region 6 MicroMouse Contest 2008

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TUESDAY September 9, 2008
SCV Electromagnetic Compatibility Chapter
Speakers: Josephine Sabado, Laura Biggs, Michael Miller, Mark Tuk and Harpreet Kaur, UC-Davis IEEE Student Branch MicroMouse Team
Time: 5:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Applied Materials Bowers Cafeteria, 3090 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/emc

The presentation will focus on what the MicroMouse contest is and how the UC Davis team went about winning the contest. Issues include design decisions, group dynamics, and overall direction taken.
The team designed the MicroMouse from scratch. We researched what type of microcontroller, motors, sensors, tires, and chassis material to use. The professor for the class, Dr. Tak Auyeung, offered suggestions on designing the mouse, time management, and team organization.
The initial task of choosing which materials to use for the MicroMouse was a team effort. Once the components were chosen, each member took on a portion of the mouse. PCB design, chassis design, high-level software, and low-level software were divided among the members according to our strengths and interests. Each team member provided assistance in the other areas as needed.
Throughout the year, Professor Tak emphasized the importance of reliability of the mouse. With this in mind, we made our error correction algorithm the highest priority. Once this worked properly, we were able to improve the speed, chassis design, and appearance of the MicroMouse. Throughout the design and manufacturing process, Professor Tak has provided us with his experiences with MicroMouse and offered suggestions as to how we can improve our design.

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