Friday, Dec 6
12 – 1 p.m.
Friday, Dec 6
Location: Davidson Math and Science Center 102
For more than a half-century, humans have been learning to live and work in space. Future human missions to the Moon, Mars, and other destinations offer many new opportunities for exploration. But, astronaut time will always be in short supply, consumables (oxygen, water, etc) will always be limited, and some work will not be feasible (or productive) to be done manually.
Remotely operated robots can complement human explorers. Telerobots can perform work under remote supervision by humans from a space station, spacecraft, habitat, or even from Earth. Telerobots, particularly semi-autonomous systems, can increase the performance and productivity of human space exploration by carrying out work that is routine and highly repetitive.
In this talk, I will present some of the ways in which the NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) is currently working with remotely operated robots. A central focus of our research has been to develop and test these robots with astronauts on the International Space Station. Our primary objective is to study how remotely operated robots can increase the performance, reduce the costs, and improve the likelihood of success of human space exploration.
Dr. Terry Fong is the Director of the Intelligent Robotics Group at the NASA Ames Research Center. From 2002 to 2004, he was the deputy leader of the Virtual Reality and Active Interfaces Group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). From 1997 to 2000, he was Vice President of Development for Fourth Planet, a developer of real-time visualization software. Dr. Fong has published more than a hundred papers in field robotics, human-robot interaction, and robot user interfaces. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.
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