IEEE Robotics and Automation Society IEEE

Contact

Co-chairs:

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Richard Volpe
Jet Propulsion Laboratory. USA
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Kazuya Yoshida
Tohoku University, Japan
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André Schiele 
Delft University of Technology
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Website:

http://ewh.ieee.org/cmte/ras/tc/spacerobotics/

Founding Date:

2006

Member Count:

28

Activities

Recent Activities of the Technical Committee

2016

  1. International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS), Beijing, China, 19-22 June 2016.
  2. IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, USA, 6-12 March 2016. Special session on "Robotic Mobility and Sample Acquisition Systems".

2015

  1. 10th Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR), Toronto, Canada, 24-26 June 2015.
  2. 13th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 11-13 May 2015.
  3. The Next Generation of Space Robotic Servicing Technologies, Full-day Workshop at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Seattle, USA, 26 May 2015.
  4. IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, USA, 7-14 March 2015. Special session on "Robotic Mobility and Sample Acquisition Systems".

2014

  1. Workshop on “Modeling, Estimation, Perception and Control of All Terrain Mobile Robots” IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Hong Kong, China, May 2014.
  2. IEEE/AIAA Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, USA, 1-8 March 2014. Special sessions, including “Mobility and Robotics Systems for In Situ Exploration”.
  3. Journal of Field Robotics, Special Issue on Space Robotics.

2013

  1. IEEE/AIAA Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, USA, 2-9 March 2013.
    Special sessions, including “Mobility and Robotics Systems for In Situ Exploration”.
  2. Space Robotics Workshop, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Karlsruhe, Germany, May 2013.

2012

  1. International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS), Turin, Italy, 4-6 September 2012.
  2. International Conference on Field and Service Robotics, Matsushima, Miyagi, Japan, 16-19 July 2012.
  3. Long-Term Autonomy Workshop. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, St. Paul, Minnesota, 18 May 2012.
  4. Satellite Servicing Workshop.  IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, St. Paul, Minnesota, 14 May 2012.
  5. Exploration Telerobotics Symposium.  Hosted by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland,2-3 May 2012
  6. IEEE/AIAA Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, USA, 5-12 March 2011.
    Special sessions, including “Mobility and Robotics Systems for In Situ Exploration”.

2011

  1. Challenges in Robotics: Down to Earth, An International Symposium on Robotics and Mechatronics, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Wessling, Germany, 21-22 November 2011.
  2. Workshop on Space Robotics Simulation, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), San Francisco, California, USA, 26 September 2011.
  3. Space Robotics Workshop, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Shanghai, China, 13 May 2011.
  4. IEEE/AIAA Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, USA, 5-12 March 2011.
    Special sessions, including “2.07 – Mobility and Robotics Systems for In Situ Exploration”.

 

Space Robotics

Scope:

The Space Robotics Technical Committee has two main areas of interest: Microgravity and Planetary Robotics. Microgravity Robotics includes manipulation and mobility for scenarios such as International Space Station (ISS) operations and satellite servicing. Planetary Robot systems address scenarios such as Mars and lunar exploration using manipulation or mobility on or near the surface. Some scenarios, such as asteroid and comet exploration, have environments with low gravity which may blur the distinctions between these categories.

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The Dextre robot on the International Space Station 

For Microgravity Robotics the space environment (radiation, contamination sensitivity, thermal extremes, etc.) poses unique challenges to robot and robot algorithms. Despite this, it is expected that the robotics discipline will find increasing importance in coming years, particularly as the opportunities for human-robot and robot-robot cooperation arise in space exploration. Priority areas for this technical committee include:

  • Electromechanical design and control.
  • Microgravity locomotion.
  • Machine vision for inspection and assembly, including compensation for stark lighting, glare, glint, and deep shadows.
  • Command and control interfaces, including teleoperated modes.
  • Power sources and consumable recharging techniques.
  • Radiation hardening and effects on processing throughput.
  • Thermal considerations in space robot design.

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The Mars Science Laboratory Rover, “Curiosity”.

For Planetary Robotics, the surface environment also poses unique challenges. These include Microgravity Robotics’ issues during cruise phase, or if an atmosphere is not present. Further, there is usually the greater uncertainty of interacting with an unexplored natural terrain instead of man-made structures. Planetary Robotics technical topics include:

  • Sensing and perception for planetary exploration, including terrain-relative precision position estimation.
  • Above-surface, surface, and sub-surface planetary mobility, possibly from novel vehicle design concepts.
  • Command and control with limited bandwidth, often precluding teleoperation and requiring autonomous surface operations, with natural terrain navigation and manipulation.
  • Planetary rovers systems engineering.
  • Testing and qualification, including field tests on Earth and Mars.
  • Human-Robot system design and development.

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Website:

http://ewh.ieee.org/cmte/ras/tc/spacerobotics/