Professor Michael Zavlanos
Pratt Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs
The mechanical subteam is responsible for mechanical design of the robot, including frame design, capsule design, electronics enclosures and mounts, structural design, spacial efficiency, actuators, and CNC machining.
The electronics subteam is responsible for the power architecture, sensing systems, onboard computation hardware, and microprocessor firmware. The largest success this year was in shrinking and simplifying Cthulhu’s electronics stack down to 2/3 of the previous size while also extending the capabilities and modularity to create a fully featured platform for informing and running the codebase.
The software subteam writes software to control the robot, handling everything from sensor fusion to motion planning to computer vision. Most recently, the software team successfully transitioned from a legacy codebase to a more maintainable Docker and ROS based system, adopting industry standards.
The business team is responsible for the team’s website and social media, outreach, funding, videos, journal articles, team apparel, and other miscellaneous business-related items.