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Intelligent Robotics Group Wins Silicon Valley Robotics 'Good Robot' Industry Championship Award
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Intelligent Robotics Group Wins Silicon Valley Robotics 'Good Robot' Industry Championship Award

The Intelligent Systems Division’s Intelligent Robotics Group won the Champion Award in the inaugural Silicon Valley Robotic (SVR) ‘Good Robot’ Industry Awards announced December 14, 2020. The Champion award goes to companies or individuals who are global champions for good robots and good robotics.

BACKGROUND: Since 1990, the NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) has been developing robotics technology to reinvent planetary exploration and to create new systems that enhance and enable discovery. A key element of IRG work is to field test advanced human-robot systems for exploration. Future deep-space human missions will need to combine human and robotic activity while considering many operational factors, such as data communications, timelines, etc. IRG explores extreme environments, remote locations, and uncharted worlds, conducting applied research in computer vision, geospatial data systems, human-robot interaction, planetary mapping, and robot software. IRG has developed the Astrobee free-flying robot, the “K-REX” and “K10” series of planetary rovers, and the SUPERball Bot tensegrity robot. IRG conducts robotic field tests in planetary analog sites, such as Black Point Lava Flow and Haughton Crater; and has a significant role in the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) mission, including development of onboard software, navigation systems, robot-driving tools, 3D Lunar terrain mapping from satellite images for mission planning, and software to support high-tempo science operations.

Silicon Valley Robotics, the world’s largest cluster of innovation in robotics, gives out ‘Good Robot’ Industry Awards to celebrate robotics, automation, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) that help solve global challenges. Fifty-two companies and individuals have contributed to innovation that will improve the quality of life for millions in areas ranging from weed- and pesticide-free farming, to supporting health workers and the elderly in management of health care treatment regimes, to reimagining the logistics industry so that the transfer of physical goods becomes as efficient as the transfer of information.

POINT OF CONTACT: Maria Bualat, maria.bualat@nasa.gov

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