Dr. Yu Gu, Associate Professor
Interactive Robotics Laboratory
RBE Colloquium Series
Cataglyphis: an Autonomous Sample Return Robot
Abstract: Robotic sample detection, collection, and return in a large GPS-denied natural environment presents many technical challenges. During this talk, the speaker will present the design of Cataglyphis, an autonomous rover that won NASA’s Sample Return Robot (SRR) Centennial Challenge. During the 2016 final SRR challenge performed on Worcester’s Institute Park, Cataglyphis autonomously found and returned five samples within two hours. The speaker will discuss the motivations behind various design choices made for Cataglyphis, the challenges encountered, the mistakes made, and the stories from competing in the NASA Centennial Challenge. He will also discuss current research directions in the areas of robotic pollination and improving the autonomy of planetary rovers.
Bio: Dr. Yu Gu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University. His main research interest is to improve robots’ ability to function in increasingly complex environments and situations. Dr. Gu has designed more than a dozen UAVs and ground robots to perform a wide spectrum of research projects. He was the leader for WVU Team Mountaineers that won the NASA SRR Challenge in 2014 (Level-1 Challenge), 2015 (Level-2 Challenge with a $100,000 prize), and 2016 (Final Challenge with a $750,000 prize).
Friday, April 13, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
60 Gateway Park, GP 1002