Stratus on 9 News!

“Over the past nine months, the students from the College of Engineering and Applied Science, designed a scanning device that uses infrared technology that can be utilized by drones or robots to build a three dimensional scan of the terrain. It has the ability to identify obstacles, plan paths around them, and send back an image with depth of vision to the controller.”

Check it out:

Stratus on Channel 9 News

Thank you all!

Stratus on TV News

The kind of media attention we got with this project is incredible! Here one of our team members, Antonio Duarte, is getting interviewed about the project by Brazilian News company RBA TV.

Thank you for this opportunity and also for helping us to get votes.

1st Day is over

The first day went well for the Team Stratus. We presented both 11h10 am and 3h15 pm for 10 min + 7 min of questions & answers. Also, we were selected for the minute of madness, which is a fun event where you get to present your project in 1 minute, and was really nice.

The votes are still blowing up and we would like to thank you all. The team get a newspaper page in Brazil, and here it is:



We also had one Portuguese paper into one of the biggest Embedded Systems related web site in Brazil, which is helping with votes too:

Projeto Stratus –

Thank you!

Intel Media Award: Thanks to the Brazil connection!

The Team Stratus had a substantial increase in the past 2 days reaching more than 2000 votes into the public survey. When the Intel-Cornell Cup staff asked us to get everyone involved, we start using our social media power, but nothing like that was expected. After our team member Antonio Duarte posted into one Facebook page asking people from Brazil to get involved, the posts start blowing up and here we go!

People in Brazil not just liked our project and are cheering for us, but also are helping us to go further! We would also thank the people from other places who have helped us.

Thank you all, from Team Stratus!

Portuguese Message/Mensagem em Português:

A equipe Stratus gostaria de agradecer muito as pessoas do Brasil que tem dado suporte ao nosso time. Há dois dias atrás estávamos apenas com 6%  dos votos e hoje alcançamos 44%. Estamos muito felizes com o apoio e ainda mais motivados para apresentar o nosso projeto na final, no próximo final de semana. Sabemos que o Antonio também representa seu país e daremos o máximo para orgulhar a todos. Muito obrigado, da equipe Stratus.




Links from Brazilian medias supporting us:

Localização sem Fronteiras

Engenharia é:

CsF da Depressão

Diário do Alto Vale


Intel Components

Three Intel-based processing components were used throughout the design. The core Stratus module uses the Intel® Edison Board illustrate below with the following capabilities:

Intel® Edison Board

  • Intel® Atom™ system-on-a-chip (SoC) based on leading-edge 22 nm Silvermont microarchitecture including a dual-core CPU and single core microcontroller (MCU)
  • Integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth* LE, memory, and storage
  • Support for more than 30 industry-standard I/O interfaces via a 70-pin connector


The other two Intel-based processing components involved the processing on the base station laptop. The SLAM codes as well as the Pattern-based navigation run on Intel HD Graphics and Intel Core systems.


The Team Stratus are glad to work with such technologies. Thank you all!

Robotic Integration in Society

The purpose of Project Stratus is to support the rapid construction of customizable robotic solutions. The Stratus system integrates innovations in robotic vision, navigation, and control systems to impact the development and deployment of robotics in society. The result of the design is a coherent framework that coordinates an array of collaborating system elements that collectively sense the surrounding environment and control physical movement. The project has the potential to impact developers seeking to create robotics solutions that benefit society.


The list of potential aerial and ground robotic systems in society is vast and growing. Some current areas of development include agriculture, transportation, product delivery, social and medical assistance, and service robots for personal and domestic use. The next stage of robotics in society will involve more common and commercial aspects including journalism, photography, real estate, delivery, and local governments, agriculture and others embrace drone technology. At the same time, there are many barriers to the use of robotics that range from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations that restrict flight to commercial issues related to the insurance concerning autonomous cars. The foremost obstacle to large scale use of robotics in society is safety. While the first era of robotics was focused on developing inexpensive functional platforms, the next will focus on deploying easily controllable and autonomous solutions for a large number of unique problem domains.

Robotic Roles in Society

While there are interesting visions for robotic applications in the commercial domain, Project Stratus is founded on the goal of empowering robot designers that explore applications in critically important domain of society. The purpose is to have society benefit the most by deploying robotic systems in areas that put men and women in potential danger, such as emergency response and safety scenarios. The above illustrates a broad spectrum of robotic roles in society in which people currently risk their lives helping others. Overall, the development of robotic solutions in these domains is hindered as design teams often must start from scratch when trying to meet the special requirements of their scenarios. For example, in emergency response cases, some common design goals are to provide fast-response and assistive services while for transportation safety systems, the goals are aligned for preventative actions predicted and determined from surveying. With the wide availability of rapid prototyping technologies coupled and the increasingly powerful yet inexpensive microprocessors, the general robotics field is at the frontier of a revolution of change. While such technologies play a critical role in building a robotic platform, the development time of a group to design, to test, and to deploy a solution platform in a specific domain area remains a fundamental problem.

Thank you all, and new posts are coming soon!

Intel Media Award

In order to use the power of social media to get teams work even more attention, and as a part of the Intel-Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel Media Award process, team blogs will not only be reviewed by the judges but can now be voted on by the public.

It is your chance to help us! Go to the Cornell Cup Online Chronicles Survey now and vote for Team Stratus!

The competition is very soon, keep reading our posts! Thank you!