Standardized field testing of assistant robots in a Mars-like environment

Mann, G., Small, N., Lee, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-2730-9150, Clarke, J. and Sheh, R., 2015. Standardized field testing of assistant robots in a Mars-like environment. In: C. Dixon and K. Tuyls, eds., Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems: Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference, TAROS 2015, Liverpool, 8-10 September 2015. Cham: Springer, pp. 167-179. ISBN 978-3-319-22415-2


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Controlled testing on standard tasks and within standard environments can provide meaningful performance comparisons between robots of heterogeneous design. But because they must perform practical tasks in unstructured, and therefore non-standard, environments, the benefits of this approach have barely begun to accrue for field robots. This work describes a desert trial of six student prototypes of astronaut-support robots using a set of standardized engineering tests developed by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), along with three operational tests in natural Mars-like terrain. The results suggest that standards developed for emergency response robots are also applicable to the astronaut support domain, yielding useful insights into the differences in capabilities between robots and real design improvements. The exercise shows the value of combining repeatable engineering tests with task-specific application-testing in the field.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Mann, G., Small, N., Lee, K., Clarke, J. and Sheh, R.
Publisher: Springer
Place of Publication: Cham
Date: 2015
ISBN: 978-3-319-22415-2
ISSN: 0302-9743
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:55
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:14

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