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Topic - Autonomous Navigation for Urban Robots

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Autonomous Navigation for Urban Robots

presented by Robert Hogg

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Thursday, March 14 The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA
Friday, March 15 The Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College
1570 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA

Both lectures begin at 7 p.m.

Admission is free. Seating is limited.
For more information, call (818) 354-0112.

Mobile robots have many potential applications, from the science fiction concept of robotic housekeepers to the almost here-and-now visions of automatic office mail delivery, search and rescue in collapsed buildings, and unmanned reconnaissance in urban terrorist incidents. Many of these applications share two key requirements: a locomotion system that can travel on level surfaces, over curbs, up and down stairs, and over rubble, and an autonomous navigation system that can avoid obstacles, map the robot’s surroundings, and get the robot where its owner wants it to go with a minimum of supervision.

“Urbie” is a JPL-built urban robot system that takes large strides toward achieving these goals. Work on Urbie progresses toward other goals of robotics research, including Mars exploration and a variety of Earth-based applications.

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