Washington University in St. Louis

Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering

Chase LaFont - Undergraduate Research Summer/Fall Ď09

Robotic Microphone Sensing: Optimizing Source Estimation and Algorithms for Adaptive Control

Acoustic Source localization has a wide range of applications such as robotics, navigation, and defense. This particular research project sought to adaptively control a microphone array using a robotic platform so that the estimation for the acoustic source was optimized. This experiment was done in cooperation with the real-time data acquisition and processing team. Using their data acquisition and processing platform, we were able to properly test the adaptive controller and determine performance standards of the robotic microphone array in this research project.


The aim of this report is to provide a detailed summary of the research performed over the summer of 2009. The ultimate goal of this research project was to securely mount a microphone array on a robotic platform and establish algorithms for adaptive control over the robotic microphone array to enhance source localization. This research started with observation of system behavior under variation in the input parameters. Due to error the analysis of the systemís response, design parameters such as the distance between microphones and sampling frequency were held constant while the distance between microphone pairs and the arrayís location were manipulated based on optimization of the estimated source position. Furthermore, this report fully details the strategies, which were based on simulation and experimental results, used to increase the resolution around an acoustic source and optimize the source estimation position.

This research project was presented as a poster presentation at the WUSTL Undergraduate Research Symposium, Fall 2009


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