ARCHIVE

The Mind Project's Research Archive

This is a record of the research projects -- mainly in robotics, but in some other areas as well -- done over the years by students (with only limited help from faculty). All of these projects have been retired, they are no longer in development.

 

IRIS Robots (Versions 1-4)

  • IRIS.1

    Iris.1 was the Mind Project's first robot, and was built for use in the classroom. Iris.1 consisted of several networked computers, a synthetic voice, ProtoThinker software, and a TeachMover robotic arm. Iris.1 was by no means a "mobile" robot, but Iris was a great starting point for future projects.

  • IRIS.2

    Iris.2, the Mind Project's second robot, was designed to overcome some of the limitations of Iris.1, including Iris.1's inability to autonomously perceive the outside world. Iris.2 corrects this defecit with a video camera and neural net software that give Iris.2 the ability to see. Using this new sensory input device, Iris.2 plays Tic Tac Toe against human opponents.

  • IRIS.3

    Iris.3 was the Mind Project's first truly mobile robot. Based on the Linux operating system, Iris.3's software can drive the robot around a room, control its robotic arm, play Tic Tac Toe, and perform other feats. Iris.3 is not currently being worked on, but we hope to one day return to the robot to complete an open-source, Linux-based version of our mobile robot.

  • IRIS.4

    Iris.4 is currently being worked on in the form of Iris 4.2. The Iris.4 files and documentation have been archived here. If you would like to see the current Iris 4.2 development, please navigate to the active projects page.

 

Miscellaneous Projects

  • CENTRAL CONTROL PROGRAM

    The Mind Project's Mobile Robot Group developed several versions of the Central Control Program, a software module that acts as the centerpiece of the Iris mobile robots, allowing centralized control to an Artificially Intelligent "mind module", and helping other programs communicate with one another. The current version of the CCP is being used by Iris.4.

  • SHELLEY INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENT

    Students at Illinois Wesleyan University, working as part of the Shelley Research Group, developed the Shelley Intergrated Environment, IWU's version of the CCP. (Though they may argue that the CCP is Illinois State University's version of the SIE!)

  • Virtual Cyd

    Iris.4 is currently being worked on in the form of Iris 4.2. The Iris.4 files and documentation have been archived here. If you would like to see the current Iris 4.2 development, please navigate to the active projects page.