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    UL 1984, 1999 . . . . The Book: The University of Louisiana's CajunBot

    Follow CajunBot via its website Thanks to Mike Spears of FireFly Digital, he is truely a GREAT Alumn!!!

    Contact: Christine Payton March 1, 2004
    (337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu

    GET A DAILY DOSE OF CAJUNBOT AT NEW WEBSITE

    Everyone can watch as the University of Louisiana ... at Lafayette’s CajunBot makes it way to the Department of Defense’s Grand Challenge on March 13 thanks to Firefly Digital.

    The company launched www.cajunbotjournal.com which will chronicle Team CajunBot and their daily events as they begin the journey to compete in the race from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. UL Lafayette’s entry with CajunBot is the only participant from Louisiana.

    According to Mike Spears, president of Firefly Digital, his team developed the website, deploying their Website Gadget® publishing and content management system, which will be used by Team Cajunbot and the CajunBot Chase Team to update the web journal each day.

    The team will have the ability to add journal entries, photos and other content from anywhere where web access is available. Any member of the team will be able to add journal entries within seconds.

    Firefly Digital and MedExpress Ambulance Service have donated the web journal as part of their sponsorship and support of the CajunBot project.

    “ This is an extraordinary opportunity for our university, students and our community to demonstrate an intellectual prowess and our cultural uniqueness,” said Spears. “It’s an event that’s gained significant momentum and extraordinary interest here and across the nation.

    “ We thought it would be interesting to provide an online portal to give the CajunBot audience a play-by-play perspective of the team’s journey,” he said.

    CajunBot - a six-wheeled all-terrain vehicle - will be traveling across 210 miles of desert terrain as part of a challenge set forth by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. Team CajunBot most recently gained national media attention when CNN visited the UL Lafayette campus for a segment on its show Next@CNN. The show featuring CajunBot is expected to air March 6 at 2 p.m. and again March 7 at 3 p.m.

    The Grand Challenge pits 25 teams against one another competing for a $1 million prize. The catch: no drivers. Vehicles will be guided only using Global Positioning Satellites. The goal: to enhance the government’s capabilities with unmanned vehicle technology for future use within the military.

    Each team is to prepare a vehicle that can navigate a designated route using only GPS signals for direction and laser sensors which detect upcoming obstacles. Using artificial intelligence, each vehicle will have to react to obstacles and other vehicles along the path.

    The corridor with which the vehicles must remain will vary in width from miles wide to tens of feet. It includes open terrain, winding trails and paved roads. A winner will be declared when the first vehicle crosses the finish line within 10 hours.

    Team CajunBot arrives in Los Angeles in early March to begin readying for the race. Vehicles will be traveling to Las Vegas. If no vehicle crosses the finish line in the specified 10-hour time limit, the DOD is expected to hold the Grand Challenge each year until a winner is named.




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    TEAM CAJUNBOT SURPRISES EVERYONE BY USING JOYSTICK TO MOVE BOT
    March 09, 2004 - During the opening ceremony of the grand challenge all the teams were to file in a line and put their bots on display. While other teams ...

    SOFTWARE TEAM COMPLETES ANOTHER MILESTONE
    March 09, 2004 - We are running against time. Its a race to the finish line even to get a working robot. Since December we have had an incredible pace. The pace ...

    QUALIFIYING TRIALS - DAY 1
    March 09, 2004 - Good Morning, CajunBot fans! Man oh man, what a day we had yesterday. If there were any doubts as to how Grand this Challenge is, remove them. I ...

    C&C TECHNOLOGIES HELPS TEAM CAJUNBOT TO MATCH SHOULDERS WITH THE BIG DOG
    March 09, 2004 - In the line up of 20 bots in the DARPA Challenge, two stand out for the most sophisticated, read expensive, gadgets. One is the team from ...

    QUALIFYING TIME! BRING IT ON!
    March 08, 2004 - Hey! It's about midnight, and Dr. Cavanaugh, aDam, Trouble, Ryan, and I left everyone working and went south to the DARPA team meeting at the ...

    ELEVENTH HOUR BUZZ!
    March 07, 2004 - Good Evening! TEAM CajunBot is moving into unchartered territory! Its 6:00 pm here and there has been tremendous progress in the past 30 hours. ...

    CONTINUATION OF LAST ENTRY
    March 06, 2004 - Hello again. We wanted to keep you guys reading, so I put another collage of pictures on this page as well. You know, it's amazing how interested ...

    PICTURES OF THE TEAM AT WORK AND HAVING FUN!
    March 06, 2004 - Greetings to everyone! We have put together a more distinctive view of the CajunBot and its technicians to give the viewer a better understanding of ...

    MORE PICTURES
    March 06, 2004 - Well, we are now in our 3rd day preparing for the big QID and things are going alright, we have found a nice little testing area right across the ...

    UPCOMING NEWS ON CAJUNBOT
    March 05, 2004 - Here are some places where CajunBot will be profiled in the near future. * Next @ CNN (http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/next/index.html) * ...

    MOBILE SHOP AND STORAGE, AND THE COMPLEXITY OF RENTING U-HAUL TRAILERS
    March 05, 2004 - The MedExpress trio, the logistics guru, have helped setup a mobile storage and workshop. With Danny, Trouble, and Adam taking charge of our ...

    MAKING RAPID PROGRESS, YET A LONG WAY TO GO
    March 05, 2004 - Yesterday was a 17 hour work day, from 7am to 2am. The next 10 days are likely to have the same profile. We accomplished a lot. The electronics ...

    WORKING INTO THE NIGHT
    March 05, 2004 - It's officially Friday morning here now. The team is still hard at work. Software guys are making progress and the hardware guys are putting up with ...

    FIRST DAY IN HESPERIA
    March 04, 2004 - Well, so far the first day in hesperia was pretty good. The sight of the snow capped mountains in the morning was definitely an awesome sight, ...

    HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS, HESPERIA: TEAM CAJUNBOT'S NEW WORKSHOP
    March 04, 2004 - Holiday Inn Express, Hesperia, CA, at the intersection of I-15 and Main Street has become the new workshop of Team CajunBot. I can hear in my ...

    TEAM CAJUNBOT CREATES A BUZZ IN TRAVEL
    March 04, 2004 - Team CajunBot left Lafayette airport in the afternoon of March 3, on its way to Los Angeles International Airport. All through its travel to LAX, ...

    THE HIGH DESERT
    March 03, 2004 - Good evening! A beautiful day in Southern California. The rain is over, the sun came out, and the temperature rose to a crispy 62 degrees. We ...

    ROADTRIP SNAPSHOTS
    March 03, 2004 - Good Evening! Just getting settled in and will share our day a little later...Adam has added pictures from the trip out here at the bottom of the ...

    THE CAJUNBOT ARRIVES IN CALIFORNIA!
    March 02, 2004 - Good Day! It's Tuesday afternoon, the temperature is at 50 degrees with a constant drizzle. Feeling right at home, the Chase Crew just barreled ...

    CAJUNBOT DEPARTURE
    March 01, 2004 - Hello CajunBot fans! Thanks for keeping up with what's going on! Join us and enjoy a day by day account in our own words of what's going on. I ...

    CAJUNBOT HEADS TO CALIFORNIA
    March 01, 2004 - About 2am in the morning today, CajunBot started its journey to California. It is escorted by Danny Majors, Arnold 'Trouble' Washington, and Adam ...

    TEAM CAJUNBOT IN MARDI GRAS PARADE
    February 28, 2004 - Danny Majors of Med Express Ambulance Service and Julie Simon-Dronet of UL Public Relations can work magic. These Team CajunBot fans made calls and ...

    K-TEK CORPORATION RUSHING TWO LASER RANGE FINDERS
    February 28, 2004 - K-TEK Corporation of Prairieville, LA is rushing two laser range finders to Team CajunBot. The range finders will be used for detecting cliffs ...

    CHARLES CONQUERS SICK LMS
    February 27, 2004 - Dr. Charles D. Cavanaugh, with help from Patrick Landry, finally conquered SICK LMS. We can now receive laser range data at high speed. It was ...

    RAY MAJORS TO GET NEW VEHICLE FOR TEAM CAJUNBOT
    February 27, 2004 - I had the oppprtunity to meet Brother Ray Majors on Thursday for the first time. This is about three and a half months after he gave us his Max IV ...

    FIREFLY DIGITAL & MEDEXPRESS SPONSOR CAJUNBOT JOURNAL
    February 26, 2004 - Firefly Digital and MedExpress Companies have teamed up to launch CajunBotJournal.com. This website is designed as a virtual daily journal to relay ...


    Welcome to the CajunBot Web Journal, a chronicle of the CajunBot adventures. Below, find chronological journal entries, brought to you directly from the CajunBot team as news and events materialize along their journey.
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    cajunbot journal doesn't work!


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    This is a GREAT IDEA

    I really liked the report on the opening ceremony with the use of the joystick. And those other teams couldn't think of that? :confused:

    GEAUX CAJUNBOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    Is that fair? this thing is freakin huge!

    http://www.cajunbotjournal.com/uploads/135_10.jpg


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    It is huge! But the bigger they are, the harder they fall!

    Geaux Ragin' Cajunbot!!!!!


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  10. Ragin' Cajuns Keep up with CajunBot

    Once the race starts Geaux here for

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    Looks like the Cajunbot is disabled less than a mile into the run. Bummer!! Great job anyway. They represented our University very well.


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    A 142 mile course and no entrant made it past 7 miles.

    I guess one mil should be hard.


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    That's too bad. But the fact that no one went more than 7 miles shows how difficult a challenge it is. I agree that Team Cajunbot represented our university very well! This event is another proud moment for the University of Louisiana. We're starting to accumulate many of these moments, which bodes well for the future. More great things are ahead!

    Great job, Team Cajunbot!


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    No one expected to finish the course. The fact that Team Cajunbot was selected and MADE the qualifying round with no Robotics major/curriculum at UL, starting the project a few months ago, and doing better than many well financed and talented teams is a testament to the strength, ability, and potential this team and University have.

    GEAUX CAJUNS! This team really kicked some major sss.


  15. Research 2005 CajunBot

    ULL team's creation gives middle-school students front-row seat

    LOUISIANA La. -- The University of Louisiana's Team CajunBot put their creation through its paces Thursday for a crowd of seventh- through ninth-graders from Avoyelles Parish.

    Then, the team gave some of the teens the controls.

    A team of ULL students and faculty built the six-wheeled, 1,200-pound robot in 2003 to compete in a Department of Defense competition to develop autonomous robots capable of moving through dangerous areas.

    Team CajunBot was one of only 15 to qualify for the 210-mile race in March. While it didn't win the race between Barstow Calif., and Primm, Nev., neither did any of the other entries.

    Team CajunBot member Scott Wilson said he doesn't expect any school to get across the finish line the next time either.

    The next race will have a pot of $2 million awaiting the winner, if there is one.

    The rest of the story



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    UL 1984, 1999 . . . . RaginBot

    The CajunBot team will be entering two vehicles in this October's competition, the old six-wheel vehicle (with numerous modifications) and a second vehicle, a brand new red jeep.

    The jeep now officially has a name: Ragin'Bot.

    Check out prelimary video of the Ragin'Bot here:

    http://cajunbot.com/site70.php


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    Default CajunBot Preparing for Race Across Desert

    Last year, students at the University of Louisiana jokingly referred to themselves as the Jamaican bobsledding team of robotics.

    But, as it turned out, there was nothing funny about the impressive performance put on by a small group of UL students and a robot that more than held its own in a race across the desert.

    Now one year later, the CajunBot is preparing for another run at the Brass Ring and a million dollars in prize money.

    UL president Ray Authement told a group of faculty and students outside of Dupre Library last year he had always dreamed of the day when UL would compete with big league universities.

    In March of last year, that dream came true when a small group of UL students entered the CajunBot in a high-tech race across the desert sponsored by the U.S. military.

    The Pentagon's desert race competition pitted autonomously-controlled vehicles from some of the nation's most prestigious universities in contest to see who could build a self-navigating vehicle capable of traveling 150 miles across the desert in ten hours or less.

    As it turned out, there were no winners last year, but UL and the CajunBot did well enough to earn another chance this year.

    The CajunBot uses a combination of GPS navigation, lasers and sonar to see the ground in front of it and then proceed along the path of least resistance.

    The rest of the story


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    board question?

    which cajunbot team memeber will be on the radio in the morning?

    hint: no dumb jock him (grins)


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    Jonathan Raush would be the best guess I have.

    Either that, or Ross Mouton joined the CajunBot team.

    Or somehow I made it on the radio.

    Gosh that narrowed it down.


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    Originally posted by BabbForHeisman
    Jonathan Raush would be the best guess I have.
    good guess - he did well..

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