[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:
NASA/NSF Call for Host Organisations for the SRC:

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.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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