Project and Challenge Description
The fourth edition of the ICRA Robot Challenge will be held at ICRA 2011, in Shanghai, China, May 9-13, 2010. As in previous years, the Challenge will consist of several events including the Virtual Manufacturing Challenge, the Micro-Robot Challenge, Solutions In Perception Challenge, and the Modular and Reconfigurable Robot Challenge. We, the SpaceMaster Robotics Team, are taking part in this years challenge.
The challenge, organized this year organized by the University of Southern California (Polymorphic Robotics Lab) and is based on the previous editions of the ICRA Robotic Planetary Contingency Challenges. The team has to, with limited resources, be able to solve an unexpected problem within the given timeframe of the challenge (usually a few hours). The problem occurs in a planetary surface scenario where the team is not able to leave the habitat. The robot will leave the habitat thru an 'airlock' and can be tele-operated or autonomous.
Unlike the previous years of this competition where CKBot hardware were supplied by the conference, this year, the teams are expected to bring their own robotic modules, tools, and software. The robotics modules or components will be like "Lego" building blocks that you can quickly build necessary robots to solve the problems given at the site. There will be a constraint on the space and weight for all equipment. These constraints serve two purposes: one is to simulate the resource limitation one might have in real situations, the other is to limit the scope of the preparation and transportation for this event and make it more portable. more
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SpaceMaster Robotics Team
A student team consisting of members formerly studying in the Joint European Master in Space Science & Technology (SpaceMaster) programme. It is currently spread all over Europe.
...is currently a Young Graduate Trainee at ESA's Advanced Concepts Team. He graduated from the Helsinki University of Technology and the Luleå Unversity of Technology in Space Robotics in 2009. He has been at the ISSL at the University of Tokyo, as well as at the VisLab at the Instituto Superior Técnico Lisbon for research stays. He received a BSc from the Technical University of Vienna in 2007.
David Leal Martínez
...is a graduate student currently at the Helsinki University of Technology where he is writing his MSc thesis on "Reconfigurable Robots". He got his Bachelor degree in Electronic Systems Engineering from ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico.
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