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Web-Scale Assisted Robot Teleoperation Brown University/NASA Glenn Research Center, Ames Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, Space Technology and Science Mission Directorates

Our goal is to develop web-based interfaces for assisted teleoperation of robot manipulation systems to both study questions of adjustable autonomy and broaden participation in robotics. We aim to make cutting-edge autonomous robots available at the fingertips of students and citizen scientists, both to advance robotic technology and make it more usable by people. In collaboration with NASA’s Dexterous Robotics Laboratory and TracLabs Inc., we have created “remote robot labs” that allow people on the Internet to view and command state-ofthe-art robot platforms (such as NASA Robonaut 2 and Willow Garage PR2) simply through their web browser. Granting such widespread access to leading robots provides an unprecedented opportunity to advance human-robot interaction and promote STEM education in service of furthering space exploration and many other applications. Through our web-based robot remote labs, we not only have the ability to rapidly create new interfaces for human operation of autonomous robots but also the ability to test these interfaces at scale, towards truly understanding how people can best command complex robots. Just as important, our efforts allow current generations of students to further their inspiration

for robotics through experiencing and exploring the technology firsthand. Towards this end, we have also increased the capacity for informal robotics-oriented STEM education through our founding of the Rhode Island Robot Block Party event, which has become a nexus for robotics across the industrial, academic, and citizen science sectors of the state. With over 2,500 attendees this year, people of all ages were able to see and experience robots ranging from small micro rovers, marine exploration robots, aerial drones, and mobile robot manipulators.

PR2 using a wheel affordance template

Dr. R. Iris Bahar Science PI Professor, Brown University

NASA EPSCoR collaboration between the Brown Robotics Lab and NASA-JSC resulting in a tablet web browser interface to operate simulations of the NASA Robonaut R2 and Valkyrie robots as well as the physical PR2 robot.

Dr. Kimberly A. Hambuchen, NASA Technical Monitor NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15



EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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