SPIE Defense + Security

RIVeR Lab will be presenting a paper at the Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense XIII part of the SPIE Defense + Security Conference, held May 5-9, 2014 in Baltimore, MD.

Towards an Automated Checked Baggage Inspection System Augmented with Robots
Mathew DeDonato, Velin Dimitrov, Taskin Padir

IEEE Aerospace Conference 2014

RIVeR Lab will be presenting a paper at the IEEE Aerospace Conference in Big Sky, Montana, held Mar 1-8, 2014. The paper will be available on IEEE Xplore soon after the conference.

A Comparative Study of Teleoperated and Autonomous Task Completion for Sample Return Rover Missions
Velin Dimitrov and Taskin Padir

Gallatin Room, 8:30am, Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014

SmartAmerica Challenge Workshop at the White House

Professor Padir participated in the SmartAmerica Challenge Workshop at the White House. The workshop was organized by the Presidential Innovation Fellows and was aimed at developing ideas for demonstrating interconnected cyber physical system testbeds. RIVeR Lab will contribute to two separate healthcare CPS testbeds with our smart wheelchair systems for assisted control and in-home mobile robots for fall-risk assessment.



NASA’s 4th Annual RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops Competition

We are recruiting students to participate in NASA’s 4th Annual RASC-AL Robo-Ops competition as part of WPI’s multi-disciplinary team. The WPI Teams had a great record in the first three years of this competition:

First Place with Oryx 1.0 in 2011
First Place with Oryx 2.0 in 2012
Third Place with Oryx 2.1 and MicroRover in 2013

In a nutshell, RASC-AL Robo-Ops is a design competition in which participants are required to physically build and test prototype planetary rovers at the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard. If selected, teams will receive $10,000 to build robots and travel. This year we would like to take a completely different approach to address the challenge which will use multiple micro rovers controlled by multiple operators.

For more information on Robo-Ops: http://nia-cms.nianet.org/RoboOps/index.aspx

All are welcome to apply to become part of WPI’s team including undergraduates (freshmen to seniors) and graduate students from all majors. If you are interested in participating in WPI’s 2014 Robo-Ops team, please drop us a line at ude.ipwnull@4102spoobor as soon as possible but no later than November 8, 2013. We will hold an information session on November 6, at 9pm in SL406.

Important Dates:
November 15, 2013: Deadline for Notice of Intent
December 8, 2013: Deadline for Project Plan Submission
December 20, 2013: Qualifying Teams Announced
March 17, 2014: Mid-Project Review Deadline
May 16, 2014: Video Streaming Link Due
May 18, 2014: Final Technical Report Due
June 3-5, 2014: 2014 Robo-Ops Competition in Houston, TX