I am a junior Robotics Engineering Student at WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute). We have a requirement called an MQP, or Major Qualifying Project. This is an absolutely huge project one must complete within their chosen field that is the equivalent of taking a few classes. All graduates must complete this requirement.
The Robotics Engineering Major is relatively new, starting at the beginning of this year in fact. We are the first college in the nation with an undergraduate degree in Robotics. I will be, hopefully, one of the first people to ever graduate with this degree.
This is, of course, part of my problem. With no prior projects to draw inspiration or creativity from, we are having difficulty deciding on a project.
The project must consist of significant design, construction and analysis, and testing. The budget is limited, yes, but can be negotiated.
Right now we are looking for project ideas that are extensive enough to challenge a 3 man engineering team (2 Robotics Engineers and one other of possibly another engineering science) yet not outside the realm of possibility. We don't mind a challenge - but we don't want to take on a problem that baffles researchers with 20 years of experience either.
Please, throw out ideas. It would greatly help our group :-D.