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.
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
This year RIVeR Lab sponsors MQPs ranging from prosthetic robot hands to mobile robots for manufacturing to semi-autonomous wheelchairs, from personal assistive robots to aerial surveillance systems. All projects are off to a great start. We look forward to great accomplishments of our undergraduate researchers…
Professor Taskin Padir, assistant professor of robotics engineering, and Professor Jeanine Skorinko, associate professor of psychology and director of WPI’s Psychological Science Program, have been awarded $125k from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advise 10 undergraduate major qualifying projects (MQPs) over the next 5 years aimed at improving the quality of life of the elderly. An important component of the projects will be to seamlessly introduce the robots in a manner that avoids stigmatization or stereotyping of or discrimination against the elderly.
WPI Press Release – A Robot for Grandma, Minus the Stigma
WGBH Innovation Hub Interview - Robots and Our Aging Population
NECN (Video) – Robots for Elder Care
Boston Business Journal – WPI gets $125K NSF award to make robots to help the elderly
Mass High Tech (TechFlash) – WPI gets $125K NSF award to make robots to help the elderly
San Francisco Chronicle – Worcester Polytechnic Institute Receives $125,000 Award from the National Science Foundation
WBZ radio – A segment featuring WPI professor Taskin Padir aired twice on Sept. 14 (NSF grant)
WKRG (Mobile, Ala.) – Worcester Polytechnic Institute Receives $125,000 Award from the National Science Foundation
Rehab Management – Award to Fund Development of Personal Assistant Robots for Older Adults
Worcester Business Journal – WPI Gets Funding For Assistive Robot Research
Mass Live – Worcester Polytechnic Institute awarded grant to develop ‘a robot for grandma’
And, the program was featured on The Towers.
MQP-VINE stands for Major Qualifying Project-Vertically Integrated Experience and it provides an opportunity to sophomores and juniors in robotics engineering, electrical and computer engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering to start their capstone project experience before their senior year.
For more information, contact us at ude.ipwnull@eniv-pqm
RIVeR Lab will be presenting three papers at the 2013 IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) conference in Manchester, England:
Hierarchical Navigation Architecture and Robotic Arm Controller for a Sample Return Rover
Velin Dimitrov, Mathew DeDonato, Adam Panzica, Samir Zutshi, Mitchell Wills, Taskin Padir
Kinematic Control of a Planetary Exploration Rover over Rough Terrain
Thomas Carlone, Jon Anderson, Joseph Amato, Velin Dimitrov, Taskin Padir
Modular Robot Arm Design for Physical Human-Robot Interaction
Ty Tremblay, Taskin Padir
The papers will be available on IEEE Xplore soon after the conference.
Look for more info soon. ATLAS will be at WPI soon!
Congratulations to the WPI Robotics Engineering C-Track Squad and their second place finish in the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenges. The full DARPA press release can be found here:
DARPA is providing a Boston Dynamics Atlas robot and funding for the team to continue development. You can find more information at: