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We are a group of senior level electrical engineering students at the University of Detroit - Mercy. Our main objective of this design project is to apply our recently acquired knowledge to a concept with possible application in the near future. It was on a volunteer basis that we accepted the difficult task of demonstrating the platooning concept. Through dedication and teamwork, we intend to compile a design that will be effective as a display of a thorough comprehension of our educational experience at UDM.

Bryan Thomas (Team Leader) - Control Algorithm / Hardware
Responsible for the Overall Software Implementaion for the trailing vehicle. Tasks entail implementing a Proportional integral controller to control turning and a proportional controller to control the following distance of the car. Minor tasks include vehicle construction, port assignments, wiring and overall debugging.

email: thomasbr@students.udmercy.edu


Martin Hogan - Component Software
Responsible for component software on the trailing vehicle. Tasks include controlling the motors via PWM, and controlling the ultrasonic sensors. Hardware tasks include creating RS232 serial connections for both leading and trailing vehicles and building a battery discharger. Other tasks include helping Brad with serial communication code, and general testing and debugging.

email: hoganml@students.udmercy.edu


Brad Gradowski - Communication Software / Hardware Construction
Responsible for power regulation circuit construction of the vehicle platforms. Tasks entail a FORTH-based program that will allow data to be streamed through wireless RS-232 interface from the vehicles to be stored on a PC. This data will be used to analyze performance and processes of the vehicles during the demonstration.

email: gradowba@students.udmercy.edu



Frank Nguyen - PC Software / Hardware Construction

Responsible for hardware construction of the vehicle platforms, along with any drawings necessary. Tasks entail a windows-based program that will allow data to be streamed through wireless RS-232 interface from the vehicles to be calculated and displayed within the program. This data will be used to analyze performance and processes of the vehicles during the demonstration. Also responsible for website construction / maintenance.

email: nguyenm1@eudoramail.com



Craig Matichuk - PC Software / Hardware Construction
Responsible for hardware construction of the vehicle platforms, along with any drawings necessary. Tasks entail a windows-based program that will allow data to be streamed through wireless RS-232 interface from the vehicles to be calculated and displayed within the program. This data will be used to analyze performance and processes of the vehicles during the demonstration. Also responsible for website construction / maintenance.

email: craig@protocolstack.net



Dr. Mark J. Paulik - Professor
Professor of Electrical Engineering teaches courses in Design, Digital Logic, Controls, and Digital Signal Processing. His area of expertise is in Digital Image Processing, where his extensive publications have focused on industrial and military object identification, and handwritten signature analysis. He is currently doing research on the combined use of genetic algorithms and wavelet modeling. He holds the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of Detroit, the Science Masters Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Ph.D. Degree from Oakland University. He came to the University of Detroit Mercy in 1984.

email: paulikmj@udmercy.edu


Dr. Mohan Krishnan - Professor
Professor of Electrical Engineering, teaches courses in Electronics, Communications, Controls, & Signal Processing. His area of expertise is in Digital Signal Processing, in particular its application to Pattern Recognition problems involving both 1-D and 2-D signals. He has published extensively in the area of both voice and handwritten signature recognition. He holds the Bachelor of Technology Degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (Madras, India), the Master of Technology Degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur, India), and the Ph.D. Degree from the University of Windsor (Windsor, Ontario, Canada). He joined the faculty at UDM in 1984.

email: mohank@udmercy.edu