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Can we speed up the Mars rovers by stopping?

by Cagri Kilic, WVU Navigation Lab

Fast traversing is a challenging problem for planetary rovers due to safety reasons, limited energy resources and computational power. For these reasons, planetary exploration rovers traverse slow. They are slow like that we can compare them to snails at some cases. An average speed of a snail is 46 m/h and Curiosity’s driving speed when the visual sensors used is 45m/h. It is indeed there is only one driving mode for curiosity rover when it is faster than a snail and this mode is Blind Driving mode. 

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Robotics Cluster Hire at West Virginia University

We are looking for applications for multiple tenure-track faculty positions in the general area of robotics.  The primary appointments are most likely in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) or the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (LCSEE), however, depending on the research expertise and interests of the successful candidates, appointments (including dual appointments) are possible in any engineering department. Specialty areas of emphasis for this search include, but are not limited to human-robot interaction, artificial intelligence, robotic manipulation, multi-agent systems, soft robotics, 3D computer vision, and space robotics. It is anticipated that these positions will be filled as early as January 2020, but no later than August 2020, at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor, depending upon the qualifications and experience of the selected applicants.

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