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Pint of Robotics: Next Generation Space Robotics and AI, Roland Sonsalla, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Wednesday 24 March 2021, 1300-1400
Zoom (see below for registration link)

Speaker: Roland Sonsalla, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Title: Next Generation Space Robotics and AI

When: Wednesday 24th March, 1300-1400

Where: Zoom (free but registration required)

Abstract: A closer look is given into three main fields of application, namely: (1) near Earth orbital missions, (2) planetary exploration ranging from Moon and Mars to deep space exploration like the Jupiter moon Europa, and (3) mission control which could either be based on Earth as well as in orbit. Striving through this field of robotic applications, robotic concepts for future missions with respect to applicable mission scenarios as of today as well as to advanced concepts in the timeframe of the next decades are highlighted. In this context system studies as well as on field experiments and evaluations in all three domains are presented. Along with robotic system and mission outlines, examples of upcoming robotic applications and the incorporation of AI techniques for future space missions are given. This view ranges from the mission control along to near-Earth applications towards deep space scenarios.

Short Bio: Roland is Senior Consultant and Team Leader of the “Applied AI – Space” Team at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) – Robotics Innovation Center, which he joined in 2012. He is responsible for the management and technical execution of projects in the context of space exploration, orbital robotics and AI supported mission operations. He has studied aerospace and space engineering at the Delft University of Technology and Berlin Institute of Technology. His main areas of work are dedicated to the development and test of rover and manipulation systems, multi-robot systems, space mission concept design and evaluation as well as space qualification.