New Student Team Builds Autonomous Vehicles

UMIGV team meeting
UMIGV team members meet and discuss the design of their first prototype.

New student team University of Michigan Intelligent Ground Vehicle (UMIGV) has spent much of its first year organizing and fundraising, and is now building a prototype autonomous vehicle. CE student Adarash Mishra co-founded UMIGV in 2016 and led the team through its first year.

"I attended the National Academy of Engineering symposium on autonomous vehicles and was just blown away by all the opportunities in this space," says Mishra. "We wanted to build a product that could have real world applications in a very tangible way."

UMIGV vehicle
An early prototype of UMIGV's first vehicle, presented at Ann Arbor Summer Fest

UMIGV aims to build a fully autonomous vehicle by June 2018 to compete in the annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) at Oakland University. At IGVC, autonomous rovers from schools around the world navigate an obstacle course using onboard sensors and computers without human input.

In addition to the competition, UMIGV is planning community outreach efforts about intelligent and autonomous systems, including demo days and hands-on sessions where young students can learn and interact with the vehicle. They brought a prototype vehicle to the Ann Arbor Summer Fest, with several computer vision demos on screens, an active LIDAR unit with object recognition on screen, and the shell of the vehicle fully assembled.

"I think autonomous vehicles are a cool technical problem, and they're a great way to teach others and learn along the way." Adarash Mishra, Team Lead 2016-2017


The EECS department sponsored UMIGV in recognition of its participating students:

Aajay Chandra (Vision Team, CS major)
Joyce Chen (Vision Team, CS major)
Daniel Choi (Vision Team, CS major)
Barath Dhanekula (Mechanical Team, CS Major)
Darren Fitzgerald (Vision Team, CE major)
Madhav Goli (Electrical Lead, EE major)
Konstantin Golobokov (Vision Lead, CS major)
Daniel Jung (Business Team, CS major)
Runchu Ma (Vision Team, CS major)
Chris Marsh (Electrical Lead, EE major)
Gregory Meyer (Electric Team, CE major)
Adarash Mishra (Team Leader, CE major)
Nicholas Reynolds (Electrical Lead, EE major)
Emily Song (Electrical Team, EE major)
Regina Tuey (Electrical Team, EE major)
Rohan Wagle (Vision Lead, CS major)
Zheng Wang (Vision Team, CSE grad student)
Han Zhang (Business Director, Data Science/BBA major)

Posted July 12, 2017