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Tensegrity and Soft Robotics Technical Exchange Meeting To Be Held at Ames on July 14, 2016
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Tensegrity and Soft Robotics Technical Exchange Meeting To Be Held at Ames on July 14, 2016

On July 14th, the Intelligent Robotics Group will be hosting a day-long Tensegrity Robotics Technical Exchange Meeting at NASA Ames. At the heart of this meeting will be presentations from three leading researchers who have received NASA grants to pursue tensegrity and soft robotics-related technologies. There will also be time for open discussion, questions, and a community forum on our Open Source NASA Tensegrity Robotics Toolkit (NTRT) simulator development roadmap.

Talks will include:

Welcome and “Overview of Current NASA Tensegrity Robotics Research” by Vytas SunSpiral, Intelligent Robotics Group, Intelligent Systems Division

“Kinodynamic Planning for Dynamic Tensegrity Structures” by Kostas Bekris, Rutgers University, NASA Early Career Fellowship for “Robust Planning for Dynamic Tensegrity Structures”

“Soft Robotics: Design and Manufacturing of Intelligent Material Systems" by Rebecca Kramer, Purdue University, NASA Early Career Fellowship for “Active Elastic Skins for Soft Robotics”

and

“Precision Hopping/Rolling Robotic Surface Probe Based on Tensegrity Structures” by Alice Agogino, UC Berkeley, NASA Early Stage Innovation Grant for “Precision Hopping/Rolling Robotic Surface Probe Based on Tensegrity Structures”

The nearly complete schedule will be as follows (all times Pacific Daylight Time):

9:00 am: Welcome and Overview, Vytas SunSpiral
9:30 am: Dr. Rebecca Kramer
10:30 am: Dr. Kostas Bekris
11:30 am: Lunch at cafeteria
1:00 pm: Dr. Alice Agogino
2:00 pm: NTRT Development roadmap, Ryan Adams
3:00 pm: Open discussion
4:00 pm: Visit Dynamic Tensegrity Robotics Lab (N269, Room101)
4:30 pm: Roverscape Demo of SUPERball
5:00 pm: Done

Please check the website for updates and more details:

NASA Tensegrity and Soft Robotics Technical Exchange 2016

BACKGROUND: The Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) explores extreme environments, remote locations, and uncharted worlds. IRG conducts applied research in computer vision, geospatial data systems, human-robot interaction, planetary mapping, structurally compliant robots, and robot software.

POINT OF CONTACT: Vytas SunSpiral, vytas.sunspiral@nasa.gov

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