Date of Award

5-2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Electrical Engineering

Advisor

Walker, Ian D

Committee Member

Hoover , Adam W

Committee Member

Green , Keith E

Abstract

In this thesis, we present fundamental contributions towards AWE, a novel 'Animated Work Environment', which seeks to introduce robotics at the architectural scale to modify environments in real time to the changing needs and moods of their occupants. Part of AWE is a robotic surface, or wall, featuring a multiple folding panel structure. The panels of the AWE wall feature embedded IT and adapt to the current movements and tasks of the user. We describe the overall AWE concept and discuss the construction of the robot surface, its motion planning and its control, and all experiments run to this point.

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