ORE Seminar: The challenges and capabilities of free-floating autonomous robot

November 12, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Zoom Meeting, Please see description for Meeting ID and Passcode Add to Calendar

The Deep Space and the Deep Ocean are very similar in the sense that they are positioned at the end of continuum of extreme environments and pressures, that without the advancement of technology humans cannot access it. The advancements of robotics allowed us to access areas that have never been reached before and see details of wonders that were previously hidden to the human eye, all while reducing costs and increasing safety for space and ocean exploration. Nevertheless, robots used for space and ocean exploration still struggle with the environmental hazards. Moreover, if we are aiming to have autonomous robots in these environments we have to ensure that they are robust to achieve their mission and they can safely return on land.

This talk will focus on autonomous robots for exploration of Deep Space and Oceans. We will give an overview of the challenges faced by a specific type of robotic systems used in air, in space and in underwater environments: the free-floating vehicle manipulator system. These types of robots not only allow for surveying the environment but also interacting with it. We will discuss different approaches to model and evaluate the behaviour of free-floating vehicle manipulator systems that can be used first as a simulation tool but also to control the performance of such systems. Furthermore, we will show how to enable autonomous robust and precise behaviors and how to extend the autonomy of free-floating vehicle manipulator systems using intelligent control structures.

Corina Barbalata, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Louisiana State University

Zoom Meeting ID: 998 6131 6992
No Passcode Required

Event Sponsor
Ocean and Resources Engineering & the Aerospace Engineering Program, Mānoa Campus

More Information
(808) 956-7572, http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/ore/event/seminar_201112/

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