[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call For Proposals: UK Humanoid Research Collaboration with NASA Valkyrie

Maurice Fallon maurice.fallon at ed.ac.uk
Tue Aug 25 00:59:35 PDT 2015


The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (ECR) would like to invite 
applications from UK robotics research groups to participate in a 
collaboration using the NASA Valkyrie humanoid robot, funded by an EPSRC 
institutional sponsorship grant.

Through a EPSRC capital grant, the ERC are collaborating with the 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) through their 
flagship humanoid robotics project - the Valkyrie. A copy of the robot 
will be delivered to Edinburgh in January 2016.

The proposed collaboration is expected to consist of:
1. A short hands-on tutorial with the Valkyrie control software 
(provided by the Florida Institute of Human Machine Cognition) and 
MIT/Edinburgh's planning and user interface from the DARPA Robotics 
Challenge, in simulation (in November 2015).
2. A longer workshop in which a participant group will work with the 
Edinburgh Valkyrie team to integrate and demonstrate a module or 
capability of their own onto the real robot e.g. grasp planning, visual 
mapping, object tracking, dynamic planning (in Feb/March 2016).
3. If an interested research group does not have an institutional 
sponsorship grant, reasonable travel and accommodation will be covered.
4. This activity is intended as a springboard for further collaboration 
in this domain.

Meanwhile NASA are initiating a separate Space Robotics Challenge (SRC) 
to further research in this domain with broadly similar goals of 
extending the capability of the Valkyrie platform.

Information about Edinburgh’s Valkyrie:
http://valkyrie.inf.ed.ac.uk
NASA/NSF Call for Host Organisations for the SRC:
http://tinyurl.com/NASASRC

Interested researchers are invited to send expressions of interest to 
maurice.fallon at ed.ac.uk and sethu.vijayakumar at ed.ac.uk by September 30, 
2015, with a brief abstract describing the proposing group’s activity in 
this domain, the proposed team of students and research staff as well as 
the module they would like to work to integrate.

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