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ARAV robotics lab

The Autonomous Robotics & Active Vision Research Group (ARAV) have a robotics lab located at 105-W12 building at the Women Central labs in the University of Sharjah.

The current available robots in UOS labs:


1-    Pioneer P3-DX

Pioneer P3-DX is a small lightweight two-wheel two-motor differential drive robot ideal for indoor laboratory or classroom use. The robot comes complete with front SONAR, one battery, wheel encoders, a microcontroller with ARCOS firmware, and the Pioneer SDK advanced mobile robotics software development package. Pioneer research robots are the world's most popular intelligent mobile robots for education and research. Their versatility, reliability and durability have made them the preferred platform for advanced intelligent robotics. Pioneers are pre-assembled, customizable, upgradeable, and rugged enough to last through years of laboratory and classroom use.


 Pioneer 3P-DX at ARAV lab

2-    Cyton 7 DOF GAMMA 1500 

The Cyton arm is a 7 degree of freedom (DOF) jointed manipulator with a 1-DOF "gripper" end effector, manufactured by Energid and installed by MobileRobots on a Pioneer 3 DX or Pioneer 3 AT as an optional accessory. It is a slightly larger, more robust and higher-DOF replacement for the Original Pioneer 5DOF Arm. (A key distinguishing feature is that the Cyton arm features mostly metal construction, while the original arm was all plastic. Steel springs are also visible at some joints.) The arm uses a Lynx SSC-32 servo controller to actuate the arm joints. Included with the arm is the Actin CytonViewer software that includes inverse kinematics, and user teleoperation with 3D visualization of arm state.


Cyton 7 DOF GAMMA 1500 at ARAV lab


3-    Qbot2 robot

The Quanser QBot 2 for QUARC is an innovative open-architecture autonomous ground robot built on a 2-wheel mobile platform. Equipped with built-in sensors, a vision system, and accompanied by extensive courseware, the QBot 2 is ideally suited for teaching undergraduate and advanced robotics and mechatronics courses.



Qbot2 robot at ARAV lab


4-    Kinect v2 Device

The Kinect is a line of motion sensing input devices that was produced by Microsoft for Xbox 360 and Xbox One video game consoles and Microsoft Windows PCs. Based around a webcam-style add-on peripheral, it enables users to control and interact with their console/computer without the need for a game controller, through a natural user interface using gestures and spoken commands.


The Kinect-V2 at ARAV lab


The ROBOTIS OP2 is an affordable, miniature humanoid robot platform with advance computational power, sophisticated sensors, high payload capacity, and dynamic motion ability to enable many exciting research, education, and outreach activities. ROBOTIS-OP2 is the new version of DARwin OP. ROBOTIS OP2 was made in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, Virginia Tech, Purdue University, and the Penn school of Engineering.