Autonomous Robots Traversing Extreme Environments

February 4, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Online via Zoom

Seminar Abstract:

Exploring extreme terrain is pertinent for extraplanetary surface exploration and search and rescue missions here on Earth. These high-risk operations are best carried out by autonomous robots, minimizing harm to humans. In this talk, I will describe the difficulties associated with robots traversing extreme terrain and proposed an autonomy architecture. The robot follows an encoded procedure of objective synthesis, path planning, adaptive dynamics modeling and control policy generation. I will expand upon each of the procedural steps in the robot’s autonomous exploration algorithm and tell this robot’s story in the context of lunar surface mission seeking ice.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Frankie Zhu is a tenure-track assistant research faculty at University of Hawaii at Manoa in the Space Systems field and the Deputy Director of Hawai’i Space Grant Consortium. Her research interests are dynamics, controls, systems engineering, and machine learning for space applications. She strives to explore and learn about our universe through and beside intelligent robotic systems. She received her Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 2014, a Master of Science in aerospace engineering in 2017, and received a PhD in aerospace engineering in 2019 all at Cornell University.

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Hawai‘i Data Science Institute, University of Hawaii

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