Germán LaRA: An Autonomous Robot Platform Supported by an Educational Methodology

  • R. Francisco
  • C. Uribe
  • S. Ignacio
  • R. Vázquez
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This article presents the evolution of a learning methodology, from its conception ten years ago until its maturity, grounded on Robotics. This methodology is based on building robots within long term projects, which involves key features to encourage students to engage in research and development. This work identifies two phases in the Tec de Monterrey Campus Cuernavaca Robotics’ history. In the first one, students assimilated commercial platforms and worked on programming tasks and some adaptations of control systems. In the second phase, students design, develop and integrate mechanical parts, hardware architectures and programming modules. The current work within this educational framework is presented as Germán Lara, an autonomous robot platform developed by undergraduate students, as part of a Greenhouse Automation project. Finally, an assessment based on a qualitative analysis of the student’s skills shows the difference between both phases.


Humanoid Robot Navigation Algorithm Robot Soccer Computer Science Student Commercial Platform 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Francisco
    • 1
  • C. Uribe
    • 1
  • S. Ignacio
    • 1
  • R. Vázquez
    • 1
  1. 1.Tec de Monterrey Campus CuernavacaXochitepecMéxico

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