Say hello to SFX’s new SART team! This year’s team consists of three year 11’s, Barney Bruckner, Martin Hosking, Anthony Gambale and two year 12’s, Michael Cavalli, and myself, Charlotte Drury.

Barney’s role is in Autonomy. Barney’s been charging ahead with basic self-navigation and looking into ROS (Robot Operating System) as an option. Please refer to his post ‘Day 186 – Plans for Autonomy and ROS’ for more detail.

Martin’s role is in Design, Internal Hardware and Software Interfacing. Martin’s priorities are to design the chassis for the new Mk 4 robot.

Anthony’s role is focused on Sensors. Anthony’s priorities are to further develop our robot’s QR and hazmat detection. Additionally, Anthony aims to find new ways to utilise sensor data.

Michael is a programmer. He’s been working with Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) though a TurtleBot provided by Tribotix.

Me, my role is in External Hardware. My priorities lie in working with Martin to optimise the Mk 3 and address reliability concerns. I am also working on the Mk 3.5 and looking at other wheel options and viable arms.

Of course, we still have our two mentors Graham Stock and Alex Cavalli who work with us to develop our designs and goals. We even commune with various Alumni such as Connor Kneebone and the aforementioned Alex who keep in close contact via our SART chat.


Wish us luck in Sydney,


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