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Organization:  The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) with the BIS
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Dates:  9th October 2013 to 9th October 2013
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Type:  Public
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Country:  United Kingdom
State/Province:  Warwickshire
City:  Warwick
Event Name:  Developments in Space Robotics
Event Description:  Earlier this year, David Willets committed a total of 60 million pounds to support UK activity in the areas of space and robotics and autonomous systems saying that he viewed the combination of strong science and engineering and the development of key technologies into commercial applications to be essential. This afternoon seminar will bring together speakers from the scientific, robotic and industrial fields to provide an overview of some the latest developments in space robotics and their benefits to the UK. This event is part of World Space Week 2013. Robotics for Space Science Missions - Professor Ian Wright, Open University This talk will examine the use of robotics for sampling the surfaces of Solar System bodies. Using the notion of a hypothetical lunar mission, it will hopefully inspire thinking about the challenges associated with something ostensibly as simple as taking a surface sample. Ian Wright is a Professor of Planetary Sciences and is the current Head of Planetary and Space Sciences at the Open University. He spent his formative years designing and building laboratory instruments as part of a quest to tackle some unanswered questions in cosmochemistry and meteoritics. The same instruments were intended for the fruits of sample-return missions to bodies like Mars and comets. However, since the relevant scientific opportunities that presented themselves involved in situ investigations, he brought his experience to bear on the development of spaceflight instrumentation. He is currently the Principal Investigator for the Ptolemy instrument which land on a comet nucleus in 2014 as part of the Rosetta space mission. Space Robotics Research: Past, Present and Future - Professor Yang Gao, University of Surrey Space robotics is an emerging research field that builds on knowledge of space engineering, terrestrial robotics, computer science and engineering, etc. This talk will present the evolution of robotics applied to near-Earth and interplanetary missions since the 1960's and help to demonstrate the invaluable roles played by different robot forms in space notably rovers, manipulators, samplers and drillers. It aims to unwrap key technologies within these space robotic systems by giving a comprehensive introduction to the underlying research topics in robotic vision, locomotion, navigation, mechanisms and so on. The talk will also cover over-the-horizon research in space robotics for meeting future space mission demands and trends. Professor Yang Gao is the Professor of Space Autonomous Systems at the Surrey Space Centre of the University of Surrey. She heads of the Surrey Technology for Autonomous systems and Robotics (STAR) Lab that specializes in autonomy and modeling, visual navigation, modern control theories, robot soil interaction and biomimetic mechanisms with applications to space systems and robots alike. Bringing over ten years of research experience in developing autonomy and robotic technologies, she has been a principle investigator or co-investigator of internationally teamed projects funded by European Commission, European Space Agency, UK Research Councils and Royal Academies, as well as industrial companies such as EADS Astrium, BAE Systems, and SSTL. She serves IEEE technical committee in space robotics and chairs the Task Force in intelligent space systems and operations. Yang is also actively involved in space mission development and promoting the Surrey 'small-sat' engineering approach within missions such as ExoMars, MoonLITE, Moonraker, LunarEX/NET, and Marco Polo-R, etc. She has been named by the Times Higher Education as one of ten young leading academics in the UK who are making a very significant contribution to their disciplines. Robotics Challenges for Planetary Exploration - Dr Ralph Cordey, Astrium Satellites The talk will start from the basic challenges for robotic solutions in planetary exploration: the problems posed by accommodation, by energy resources, and by the operating environment. Maximising return from robotic missions, in terms of achievable range (for mobile systems) or gathered samples, provides further challenges. We will look at some of the UK heritage in planetary robotics and at key activities currently being undertaken in the UK community, notably including contributions from outside of the mainstream space industries. We will look at commonalities between space robotics challenges and those that are relevant to terrestrial situations entailing operations in hostile environments. Ralph Cordey leads business development for Astrium Satellites in Science & Robotic Exploration. He holds a doctorate in radio astronomy and has worked in industry and in the European Space Agency on techniques and applications of Earth-observing radar systems. His current responsibilities are in the field of future planetary and astronomy missions. Programme 14:00 Registration 14:30 Welcome 14:45 Science Challenges for Surface Robotics Missions - Professor Ian Wright 15:25 Space Robotics Research: Past, Present and Future - Professor Yang Gao 16:05 Robotic Challenges for Planetary Exploration - Dr Ralph Cordey 16:45 Panel session 17:15 Networking reception 18:00 Close Cost This event is free to attend.
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