IUPUI Robotics Team is a student organization whose purpose
is to conceive, design, and construct robots for competition.
Our group was formed in January of 2002, and is open to all
students attending our university.
Senior mechanical engineering majors initially designed our
current model, Paydar, during a semester of senior design.
From September through December of 2001, thirteen undergraduate
students organized as three separate teams, worked to determine
what Paydar’s prototype would be.
During the semester of design, it was decided that our robot
would have a strategic advantage in competition if it were
more maneuverable and agile than current “tank”
style methods of steering would allow. To that end, we determined
to design a robot with differential motion—capable of
turning circles, rotating, and translating.
After senior design, a core group of team members wanted
to build and compete the robot. We determined our budgets,
detailed a schedule, and enlisted the help of corporate sponsors.
On January 8th, 2002, we made a presentation to the management
and faculty of the School of Engineering and Technology, and
were granted approval to begin construction.
Paydar was built over the spring of 2002 and entered Battlebots
Season 5.0 in San Francisco in May 2002. While our performance
was heartbreaking considering the countless hours of work
we had put into the project, we learned a lot and came out
of the competition full of ideas.
We are now working in three major areas in order to get back
to competition. First, Paydar is being improved in several
ways with a new weapon system, new steering motor, new wheels,
and possibly a new frame and armor. Secondly, a new lightweight
or middleweight robot is being designed. Finally, we have
built a practice robot so that we can train drivers against
a live opponent.
The IUPUI Robotics Team invites you to follow our progress
and, for those interested in attending a premier engineering
school, we invite you to join our team as we continue to improve
and develop winning designs!