Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) is adding another golden colour to its cap come December 15 as it would officially launch a mail dispatch mobile robotic recently invented by a lecturer of the institution’s Department of Mechatronics Engineering.
The mail dispatch mobile robot is a product of PhD programme of Dr Oluwaseun Martins of the department under the supervision of Associate Professor Adefemi Adekunle and the late Prof. Temitope Adejuyigbe.
Describing the robot’s functionality and mode of operation, Martins said, “this mail dispatch mobile robot provides smart mail delivery within a particular environment. Its users are assigned to a particular environment where the robot is designed to operate. And such environment corresponds to the notes on the robot’s database; this aids it in delivery to its location and destination.”
Martins went on: “To initiate the delivery process, the user makes a request by logging into the web application. Upon logging in, the user views the data board, which can be used to examine the robot’s state and other vital information.
“The user then heads to the request button and makes his request by clicking on the new request button and proceeds to fill in the subject of the request. He then confirms it. Once confirmed, the request will appear on the table of the request page, and if it is not at the required mode or it is in a request mode, it will first finish up its request and then heads to the note of the new request in order to be able to pick up. Once islt is at the request mode, the user can click on the dispatch button to give instructions to it and provide the necessary item to be delivered.
On the dispatch page, the user first unlocks the door to put in the mail, fills in the destination and reference number and clicks on the confirm button. Once this is done, then it begins to move from its current location to the new destination given to it. The robot uses computer vision, using a camera to recognize the colours of its localization method. Then it is able to recognize the colours of its path and uses that to know where to move to.”
The landmark achievement would showcase the fact that FUOYE, as an enviable Ivory Tower, boasts of many innovative academics in all fields of human endeavours.
The exhibition would be supervised by Engr. Dr Adefemi Adekunle, an Associate Professor of Mechatronics Engineering and Director of FUOYE’s Directorate of Pre-Degree Programmes.
The historic event is part of the planned 5th and 6th Combined Convocation ceremony for the graduands of the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 academic sessions.