AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY SENSORS
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This virtual reality workshop was designed to deliver a primer on the sensor technologies that are impacting the aerospace, automotive, heavy equipment and marine autonomous technologies industries. Educators from these disciplines face many challenges from the rapid integration and prohibitive financial nature of these technologies. Jobs of the future will require a foundational level of knowledge of these sensors. Through hands-on experience and discussion, we cover industry trends and the future impact of advanced technology integration resulting from autonomous technologies. Attendees are prepared to use this technology in their classroom using portable, cost efficient experimentation and exercises. 

VIDEO RESOURCES

These videos support the curriculum resources on the topics that were covered in the Autonomous Vehicle Technology Sensors VR Workshop.

2G Robotics Underwater Laser Scanning

3D point cloud models generated by the 2G Robotics ULS line of underwater laser scanners. 

2G Robotics Mapping of Seabed Using ULS-500 Underwater Laser Scanner

This shows a 3D model of the Monterey Cannon. Data was obtained by Sonardyne during a deepwater survey using 2G Robotics’ ULS-500 underwater laser scanner mounted to an ROV to dynamically scan the seabed.

ULS 200 Cave Scanning

This video highlights an underwater laser scanning with the 2G Robotics ULS-200 to scan the geomorphology of an underwater cave as part of a graduate student’s phreatic karst geomorphology research. 

Homemade LIDAR Sensor with Arduino & Processing

This video showcases a homemade LIDAR sensor with Arduino & Processing. Links to tutorials, parts lists, code and files are included in the YouTube video description. 

Getting Started with LIDAR

This video introduces two inexpensive LIDAR devices that you can start experimenting with. These devices were provided courtesy of DFRobot and are very inexpensive considering their capabilities. Links to the equipment are included in the YouTube video details.

Radar Tutorial

This radar tutorial gives basic information on how radar works. Electromagnetic waves reflect off objects like light rays off a reflective surface. Radars send out a pulse signal and look for the reflected return signal pulse. Radar signals travel at the speed of light C = 300,000 km/sec. Time for reflected (round-trip) return signal 2x distance/C.

Smartphone Experiment: Sonar

Turn your phone into a sonar with phyphox! This video will walk you through the experiment. 

Fluke Training - Introduction to Thermal Imaging

This webinar from Fluke is an in-depth and advanced introduction to the principles and applications of Thermal Imaging. 

Workshop recordings

Introduction to Autonomous Technology

This presentation features NCAT Co-PI, Chris Hadfield at the 2020 Autonomous Vehicle Technology Sensors Educator Workshop hosted in Virtual Reality on the Northland Aerospace virtual site. Co-PI, Chris Hadfield discusses the impacts that autonomous technology has had and the future impacts.

Proximity Sensors | Radar

This presentation features NCAT Senior Personnel, Ben Cruz at the 2020 Autonomous Vehicle Technology Sensors Educator Workshop hosted in Virtual Reality on the Northland Aerospace virtual site. Ben Cruz discusses some of the most used sensors in automotive ADAS which include cameras, Radar, LiDAR and Ultrasound and give a brief overview of the use and function of these sensors in current and future autonomous automobile applications and a more in-depth discussion of Radar and Ultrasound sensors in automotive use. 

LiDAR Technology

This presentation features one of our Guest Speakers – Jason Gillham, at the 2020 Autonomous Vehicle Technology Sensors Educator Workshop hosted in Virtual Reality on the Northland Aerospace virtual site. In this presentation, Jason discusses the evolution of capturing measurements over the past decade, particularly underwater, contrast the capabilities and limitations of alternative approaches and where he sees the future of underwater optical measurement equipment headed.

Sensors

This presentation features one of our Guest Speakers – Jon Robertson, at the 2020 Autonomous Vehicle Technology Sensors Educator Workshop hosted in Virtual Reality on the Northland Aerospace virtual site.

GPS

This presentation features NCAT SME Kirk Stueve, at the 2020 Autonomous Vehicle Technology Sensors Educator Workshop hosted in Virtual Reality on the Northland Aerospace virtual site. In this presentation Kirk discusses the Global Positioning System (GPS) and how it provides autonomous vehicles real-time position, navigation and timing (PNT) services. This session also covers the basic principles of GPS and demonstrates some practical examples especially relevant to the heavy equipment industry.
 

Infrared Thermography

This presentation features NCAT Co-PI Zack Nicklin, at the 2020 Autonomous Vehicle Technology Sensors Educator Workshop hosted in Virtual Reality on the Northland Aerospace virtual site. In this presentation Zack covers the basics of thermal imaging and how it is being used in autonomous technologies.
 

Oculus Quest Basics tutorials

The Quest Basics Tutorial series covers all the essential information you’ll need to get started with your new device, from initial setup help to in-VR navigation tips.

Part 01: Device Setup

Part 01 contains details on what comes with your Oculus Quest, how to set up your device for the first tie, and how to wear the headset properly. 

Part 02: Play Area Setup

Part 02 contains details on how to properly and safely setup your Play Area. 

Part 03: Maintenance & Care

Part 03 contains details on how to properly care and maintain your Oculus Quest as well as how to wear the Oculus Quest with glasses.

Part 04: Navigating in VR

Part 04 contains details on how to navigate in VR and some basic information on how to use the Touch Controllers.

Part 05: How to Cast

Part 05 contains details on how to cast your Oculus Quest’s picture to a TV or mobile phone. 

Part 06: How to Create an Avatar

Part 06 contains details on how to create an Oculus Avatar and customize the appearance of your virtual self.

Part 07: How to Voice Chat

Part 07 contains details on how to join a voice chat with your friends in VR. 

ALTSPACEVR tutorials

Opening the AltSpaceVR Application

This video walks through how to open the AltspaceVR Application with your Oculus Quest. 

Creating AltspaceVR User Account

This video demonstrates how to create a user account in AltspaceVR.

Joining an AltspaceVR Event

In this video, we walk through the steps to join the GeoTech Regional Workshop event in AltspaceVR.

Attend an AltspaceVR Event

This video introduces the steps to take to get into Altspace and attend an event. 

Altspace Lab Introduction

Senior Personnel, Mark Gill provides an Altspace Lab introduction. 

For questions on setting up or using the Oculus Quest Headset, accessing AltspaceVR or any other technical related inquires, contact Zach Bladow.
zach.bladow@northlandcollege.edu | (218) 683-8851
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