Electronic Systems Laboratory Takes a Quack at Duckietown: Revolutionising Autonomous Transportation Education

The Electronic Systems Laboratory (ESL) at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University, is adding a new feather to its cap by stepping into Duckietown. A cutting-edge project that promises to revolutionise the future of autonomous transportation systems, Duckietown offers a unique playground for aspiring engineers.

What is Duckietown?

Duckietown is a platform for delivering cutting-edge robotics and AI learning experiences that originated at MIT. It has been designed to be an affordable, modular, scalable, and duckie-filled introduction to autonomous vehicles and aims to become a global research platform. 

Duckietown offers teaching resources to instructors and provides a $100 “Duckiebot” design that can be incorporated into other schools’ programmes. The program is an open-source, worldwide initiative developed at MIT to provide a state-of-the-art, affordable, modular, and scalable introduction to autonomous vehicles.

First initial work with the robot with edge detection

The ESL will use this platform for some interesting projects focusing on camera-based control, autonomous navigation problems such as path planning and collision detection, and even some multi-agent work to come. This work will be done with the support of Stelltron Education and Horne Technologies cc.

To learn more about Duckietown, visit https://www.duckietown.org/. State-of-the-art robotics and AI made tangible, accessible, and fun!