Technologies, Tools and Platforms Track

Although robotics technology in the various types of ground-based field robotics systems can differ radically from each other, their areas of commonality greatly outnumber their differences. That is, enabling technologies suitable for one class of system are appropriate and applicable for other types of as well. Many of the enabling technologies map directly to the “Sense, Think and Act” functions which have come to define robotic systems from other classes of engineered products. While others range from tactical componentry to ready-made robotic ‘platforms’ that can from the basis of application specific mobile systems. Sessions in the Technologies, Tools and Platforms will cover the latest advances in these ‘core’ technologies common to all classes of field robotics systems:

Sensing

  • Vision / Imaging Systems
  • Touch / Haptics
  • LiDAR, Radar, Sonar, and GPS
  • Human-Machine Interfaces / HR
  • Sensor Fusion
  • Data Acquisition

Cognition

  • Image/Object Recognition
  • Robot Control Architectures
  • Motion Planning and Scheduling
  • Cloud Robotics
  • AI / Machine Learning
  • Mapping and Localization
  • Microprocessors / SoC

Actuation

  • Wheeled, Tracked and Legged ‘Platforms’
  • Arms / Manipulators
  • Grippers / End Effectors
  • Actuators / Motors / Servos
  • End Effectors
  • Motion Planning Solutions

Componentry

  • Advanced Materials
  • Communications / Networking
  • Batteries / Power Systems
  • Electronics
  • Wires, Harnesses, Connectors
  • Mobile Platforms

Development, Testing and Deployment Track

The development of ground-based field robots is difficult, requiring the mastery of multiple disciplines – including software development, mechanical and electrical engineering. Adding to the challenge is the additional burdens of real-time constraints, complex systems engineering, and operational environments featuring difficult terrain, high levels of uncertainty and dynamism. Also, as field robotics systems are made to operate in open spaces, public places and on the battlefield, engineering and testing for usability and safe operation becomes critical.

Thankfully, solution providers have responded to these difficulties by providing a whole host of robotics design, development tools, and testing tools that speed and east the development and deployment of field robotics systems. Topics covered in the Development, Testing and Deployment Track include:

  • Development Tools / SDKs / Libraries
  • System Integration / Programming
  • Prototyping, and Simulation and Testing
  • Robotics Engineering Methodologies
  • Simulation and Testing Tools
  • CAD/CAM Tools For Robotics Development
  • Testing Methods / Testing Sites
  • Languages and Libraries
  • Robot Operating System, MoveIt! and Open Source Solutions
  • Software Development Kits and Modeling Tools
  • COTS Solutions for Robotics
  • 3D Printing / Rapid Prototyping
  • Design, Engineering and Testing Services

Markets and Applications Track

There are many classes of ground field robotics systems based on differing capabilities and enabling technologies, including teleoperated/autonomous, wheeled/tracked/legged, battery/fuel/solar, and more. Systems can also be differentiated based on their specific target market (construction, mining, agriculture, public safety, defense etc.) and application (surveillance, portage, delivery etc.). While the various field robotics systems often use identical enabling technologies and are developed using similar engineering methodologies, industry and application specific requirements can make generalized engineering principals and techniques non-transferable. Sessions in the Markets and Applications Track focus on those attributes that make certain field robotics systems unique, with sessions providing insights and recommendations into the optimal design, development and deployment choice for specific system classes.

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