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Steve R. - Autonomous Vehicle Project

  • Jun 5, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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For the June 2014 UUASC meeting, Steve R. returns to discuss his autonomous vehicle project.

This work in process utilizes open source software to build a vehicle that will accomplish the following...

Allow the operator to define a pre-defined area (grid location)

Identify the target (human, group of humans, fire, water, etc...)

Calculate best search pattern for pre-defined grid

Once  this information is loaded into software, and uploade to vehicle via usb cable the vehicle departs, goes to the edge of pre-defined location
travels on the predefined pattern and does an active search for target
Once target is acquired, issue custom commands (track and follow, alert operator, drop cell phone, etc...)

The vehicle is designed to always remain on autopilot,
self monitor,  and return home if fuel levels drop below certain levels or other issues occur

This package, uses the following hardware and software...

Pixehawk arduino board for the autopilot

Beaglebone Black board for the target actions

Arduino based piloting software

OpenCV, open source computer vision software

Lots of python and shell scripts

There should be ample time for Q&A during the presentation.

About the Speaker:

Steve R. is a Senior Storage and Systems Engineer and has presented on the Liferay CMS at UUASC in 2009.

About the Location:

PARKING: Plentiful parking is available at the Howard Hughes Promenade across the street for a $3. Avoid the parking structure behind 6080 Center Drive - it's crazy expensive.  

SECURITY: there is a security desk in the lobby, in case they ask, let them know you're going to Q's office at suite 925.

Special thanks to Carolyn Oswald at Q for hosting this presentation.

About UUASC:

The UUASC ( is for all persons using UNIX either personally or professionally, or interested in learning more about UNIX. We recognize all varieties of UNIX, including (without prejudice) SCO, Linux, SVr4, Solaris, AIX, HP/UX, and BSD. This is a good place to meet others with similar interests and broaden your skills and knowledge.

We meet on the first Thursday of the month in L.A.

Both UUASC chapters are open to everyone; there is no separate membership, we would like you to join our general mailing list so that you can join in the conversation between meetings.

Livestream Information:

This will be streamed as a Google Hangout On Air. via the following youtube channel...

Links to the specific event for youtube for viewing , and the Google hangout will be posted soon.

The livestream should be up by 6:30 PM pacfic on the day of the meetup.



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  • Patrick D. G.

    Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his project

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • Kelvin V.

    A very interesting and hugely ambitious embedded project!
    There is a log of activity in the autopilot field - see for instance

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • Isaac M.

    Great presenter, and awesome theme!

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • Jordan S.

    June 5, 2014

  • A

    I sure did prefer the other location over on Exposition Blvd or National Blvd or whatever they've renamed it. It was easier to get to. There was a ton of free parking.
    And it felt more like UNIX. The 10 is only two blocks away. Westwood Blvd turns into Nat'l so it's super-
    easy to get there from UCLA and Santa Monica.
    Q is nice, but traffic is a real mess: the 405 is just awful; Sepulveda is worse; and parking costs. And nobody lives in Inglewood or dares go out on the streets at night. Yeah, MediaTemple is greatly preferable.

    May 30, 2014

    • Jordan S.

      Well Media Temple had the ideal space for hosting events, but they stopped doing it quite a while ago. M-GO stepped up and hosted some great events but they get pretty busy. I like hosting at Q because they can always keep the first Thursday of the month open for us, and they are some great restaurants across the street for post meetup chatter which we didn't have at the Hayden Tract.

      June 4, 2014

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