Team Autocycle is a research group from the University of Maryland's Gemstone Research Honors Program consisting of 11 undergraduate students working on developing an autonomous electric bicycle to improve bikeshare systems. Our chosen majors span the gamut from Aerospace Engineering to Mathematics, and we are dedicated to using our research to Do Good in the world around us.
Bikeshare schemes currently have one glaring problem: getting to the bike. Whether at one of several hubs, or lying on a street corner, the fact that any user has to go to the transportation method negates many of its advantages, especially in rarely traversed and underserved areas. We have a solution: have the bike come to you!
In order to accomplish this goal we will be working to expand upon existing research in bicycle actuation, stability, autonomy, and navigation to create a complete, functional system. In doing so we seek to answer the following questions:
- What are the most effective control methods for achieving stability and steering in an arbitrary bicycle?
- How can these control methods be best combined with navigation technology to implement an autonomous bicycle for potential use in a bike-sharing system?
- Romel Gomez — Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Nedelina Tchangalova — Public Health Librarian, STEM Libraries
- Michael Allen
- Jacob Bartolomei
- Jeremy Carter
- Cooper Grill
- Mikhail Khrenov
- John Mirenzi
- Joseph O'Leary
- Isaac Rose
- Evan Ruderman
- Andoni Sanguesa
- Logan Swaisgood
If you would like to talk to us, feel free to reach out to the following people depending on your question:
- General team inquiries — Evan Ruderman or Cooper Grill
- Finances and donations — Andoni Sanguesa
- Website content — Mikhail Khrenov
- Navigation research — Andoni Sanguesa
- Stability and controls research — Mikhail Khrenov