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NASA Sample Robot Return Challenge

About the Challenge
WPI and NASA are going to hold the 2014 Sample Return Robot Challenge . The event will take place 9-14 June 2014. "The objective of the Sample Return Robot Challenge is to develop new technologies or apply existing technologies in unique ways to create robots which can autonomously seek out samples and return to a designated point in a set time period." Robots will be required to navigate over unknown terrain, around obstacles, and in varied lighting conditions to identify, retrieve, and return these samples without contamination each other. Based on how many samples the robot returned and how hard the task is, the prize can be as much as $1,500,000.

Our Team
We have built an interdisciplinary team "RPI Rock Raiders" with members from the RPI Robotics Lab and our team leader is Brayden Hollis.
Name Background
Brayden Hollis Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics
Bryant Pong Computer Science
Jed Williams Computer Science, Electronic Engineering
Laurie Wu Computer and Systems Engineering
Landon Bogumil Mechanical Engineering
Micah Corah Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering
Shuai Li Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering
Will Macaluso Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering
Ying Lu Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering

Robot Design
  • Hardware Architecture
  • Software Platform
  • Object Identification
  • Grasp Acquisition
  • Storage Mechanism
  • End Effectors

-- YingLu - 2014-01-07
Topic revision: r2 - 10 Jan 2014, corahm@RPI.EDU
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