Friday 8, June

...after Design presentations

 

Team 2007

Year: 2007

Development Time: 8 Jan -> 11 June

Team Name: Capacitops

College: University of Detroit Mercy

Departments:

        Electrical & Computer Eng.

        Mechanical Eng.

Team Size: 10 members

Undergraduates: 6

Graduates: 4

Favorite Food: Granola?



My favorite links

  1. www.mathworks.com

  2. www.apple.com

  3. www.naturalfarmed.com



Members


Name:  Kevin Barry

Year:  Senior

HomeTown:  Chicago, Illinois

Team Role:  Team leader, lead software engineer, Image Processing and Player/Stage.

Favorite IGVC Moment:

“Dr. Paulik bringing granola.  Also, watching all the systems fall into place and Capicitops working well.”













Name:  James Gawecki

Year:  Senior

HomeTown:  Allen Park, Michigan

Team Role:  Mechanical layout

Favorite IGVC Moment:

“Seeing the looks people gave us as we drove around a red wooden vehcile with blue LED lights...  needless to say, a lot of heads turned”.














Name:  Phillip Gilreath

Year:  Senior

HomeTown:  Detroit, Michigan

Team Role: Navigation Challenge navigation, presentation

Favorite IGVC Moment:

“Third run of the Navigation Challenge.”















Name:  Mimi Nguyen

Year:  Senior

HomeTown:  Sterling Heights, Michigan

Team Role:  Project coordination, public relations, documentation/presentation, website

Favorite IGVC Moment:

“My favorite IGVC moment occurred at the end of the competition when we were posing for pictures with the awards we received, and we all let out this boisterous scream of excitement, pride, and relief.  It was, then, that we knew all of our hard work and dedication to this project, to our team, to our school, and to our sponsors had paid off.  Oh, and riding on Capacitops like a prom queen, or as the team’s new ‘state-of-the-art’ computer. :)”







Name:  Phuong Nguyen

Year:  Senior

HomeTown:  Detroit, Michigan

Team Role: Heuristics, mechanical layout, remote control

Favorite IGVC Moment:

“My favorite IGVC moment was during the last run of the Navigation Challenge.  When the vehicle passed the last waypoint, everyone on the team was so happy.  It was wonderful to see our work pay off and the joyous faces of the professors.”











Name:  Otis Robinson

Year:  Senior

HomeTown:  Detroit, Michigan

Team Role: Heuristics, mechanical layout

Favorite IGVC Moment:

“Watching Capacitops hit all the waypoints in the Navigation Challenge on the final try.”















Name:  Cheng-Lung (Steven)  Lee

Year:  Graduate Student

HomeTown:  Taiwan

Team Role:  Lead hardware engineer

Favorite IGVC Moment:

“The last run of the Navigation Challenge.”
















Name:  Fen-Yuan (Albert)  Chen

Year:  Graduate Student

HomeTown:  Taipei, Taiwan

Team Role:  Motor controller drivers

Favorite IGVC Moment:

“Completing the robot.”
















Name:  Yung Huang (Big Andy)  Cheng

Year: Graduate Student

HomeTown:  Taiwan

Team Role:  Power systems, remote control

Favorite IGVC Moment:

“The robot running on the ground.”















Name:  Li (Little Andy)  Desheng

Year:  Graduate Student

HomeTown:  China

Team Role:  Autonomous Challenge navigation heuristics


















Name:  Utayba Mohammad

Year: Dept. Laboratory Manager and Doctoral student

HomeTown:  Damascus

Team Role:  Navigation, Autonomous Challenge, image processing and LADAR integration

Favorite IGVC Moment:

“It was a moment to remember when the team gathered and roared with excitement for its third place win.”










 

The Team:


From January 2007 until the final hours of the 2007 IGVC on June 11th, 10 of UDM’s brightest Electrical and Computer Engineering students worked diligently to transform CAPACITOPS from a conceptual sketch to an award-winning autonomous vehicle. 


Get to know the members of UDM’s multi-talented, international IGVC team for 2007 below: