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Planetary rover symposium

Courtesy ESA/ESTECCourtesy NASA/JPL-CaltechCourtesy RCL-Company

April 20-21. 2009,
Department of Automation and Systems Technology,
Helsinki University of Technology,
TUAS-building
Otaniementie 17, Espoo
Campus map (.pdf) pdf


Guest Speakers:
Dr. Richard Volpe, Manager of the Mobility and Robotic Systems Section of the Autonomous Systems Division, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA.
Mr. Gianfranco Visentin, Head of Automation and Robotics Section, ESA/ESTEC
Mr. Alexei Bogatchev, Executive director of Science & Technology Rover Company, St. Petersburg, Russia
Dr. Juha Röning, Computer Engineering Laboratory, University of Oulu

Topics:

  • Introduction to space robotics, NASA/JPL history, space robotics history.
  • Computer vision, manipulation and enabling techniques for space robotics.
  • Robotics and automation in space, Exomars-program and robotics research at ESA.
  • Future Worksite on Moon.
  • Robotics development at University of Oulu & experiences from ESA Lunar Rover Challenge.
  • Soviet and Russian planetary & mobile robots 1963-2007.
  • JPL rover missions to Mars; past, present and future.
  • New technologies for planetary exploration.


Free admission.

Supported by Erasmus Mundus SpaceMaster-Program

Programme:

Monday, April 20th

09:15-10:15 Volpe: Introduction to space robotics, NASA/JPL history, space robotics history.
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 Volpe: Computer vision, manipulation and enabling techniques for space robotics.
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-13:30 Visentin: Robotics and automation in space, Exomars-program and robotics research at ESA.
13:30-14:15 Jari Saarinen: Future Worksite - enabling technology for Lunar construction.
14:15-14:30 Break
14:30-15:30 Juha Röning: Robotics development at University of Oulu & experiences from ESA Lunar Rover Challenge


Tuesday, April 21st

09:15-11:15 Volpe: JPL rover missions to Mars; past, present and future.
11:15-12:15 Lunch
12:15-14:15 Bogatchev: Soviet and Russian planetary & mobile robots 1963-2007
14:15-14:30 Break
14:30-15:30 Volpe: New technologies for planetary exploration.
15:30-16:15 Seppo Heikkilä: SpacePartner; Robotic assistant for astronauts.

16:15-16:45 SpaceMaster Students: Experiences from SpaceMaster programme, round 2007-2009

Dr. Richard Volpe is Manager of the Mobility and Robotic Systems Section of the Autonomous Systems Division in Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). In addition to guiding technology development for future robotic exploration of Mars and the Moon, he has been actively involved in 2003 & 2009 rover mission development, and 2007 lander mission operations. Richard's research interests include: natural terrain mobile robots, real-time sensor-based control, manipulation, robot design, software architectures, and path planning.

Mr. Gianfranco Visentin is the head of Automation and Robotics (A&R) section working in support of ESA robotics projects. He has participated to the development of the European Robot Arm (ERA), the Columbus Microgravity Facilities, the EUROBOT system and the ExoMars project. In the field of Planetary robotics, Mr. Visentin has been responsible for the development of micro and mini rovers, aerobots and robotic moles.

Mr. Alexei Bogatchev is the Chief Engineer and Chief Technical Officer of Rover Company Ltd. Rover Co. ltd. was founded as a subsidiary of VNIITRANSMASH to work in the area of mobile and space robotics. The company specialization is the development and prototyping of the high-mobility robotics for space and ground applications. Alexei has been involved in developing several robotic platforms like Phobos hopper, Russian small Mars rover, ARGUS pointing and stabilizing platform for Mars 94/96 mission, Prototype of a small manipulator for Mars rover, and ExoMars rover candidate for European Space Agency.

Dr. Juha Röning is a Docent and Professor of Embedded Systems at the University of Oulu. His field of research is in next generation of intelligent systems, which are autonomous, adaptive, and able to correct their own mistakes. The area of research cover robotics, artificial intelligence, machine vision, pattern recognition, neural computing, and fuzzy logic.

Web-links:
Robotics at JPL/NASA
Automation and Robotics Section, ESA/ESTEC
RCL-Company

Download a leaflet (.pdf) pdf

Symposium arrangements:
Tomi.Ylikorpi@tkk.fi, Tel. +358-9-470 25622


Sudent Presentation ESA REXUS/BEXUS Program for students
Thursday 30th Oct. at 14:00-16

TKK, Otaniementie 17, TUAS-building, AS3-auditorium

Rocket and Balloon Experiments for University Students (ESA REXUS/BEXUS Programme)

Ever wanted to shoot something into space? Test your experiment in near-space conditions? ESA currently has an open call for experiments on-board the REXUS sounding rockets and BEXUS stratospheric balloons to be launched from Kiruna, northern Sweden. So design and fly your own experiments! Mark Fittock is going to present the REXUS and BEXUS launch campaigns by talking about the projects he is involved with (one BEXUS project launched in September and a micro-gravity rocket experiment). The presentation of the projects will be followed by a how-to and info on what to take into consideration when you plan to apply from someone who managed to get selected by ESA. Afterwards will be time for questions and chit-chat.

Mark Fittock is a SpaceMaster (Round 3) currently studying and starting his thesis research in Kiruna, Sweden. He got a Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics & Mathematics and a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering with Honours from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Last summer he worked for Volvo Aerospace Corporation. He participated in one BEXUS project and is currently involved in a micro-gravity rocket experiment.

Info:
Presentation arrangements: Tomi.Ylikorpi@tkk.fi
Rexus/Bexus: http://www.rexusbexus.net/
SpaceMaster: http://www.spacemaster.eu/


2007.10.05 UN World Space Week Symposium 'Space education at TKK', Monday 15th Oct. at 17:00-21, lecture hall AS1 (TUAS-building)