In this workshop, we wish to review state of the art and provide an outlook towards the future of robotic, planetary surface exploration.
As the scientific community strives to perform in-situ investigations of the unexplored areas in our solar system, requirements on mobility are becoming increasingly demanding. Steep craters, caves, highlands, permanently shadowed regions, and icy worlds are only a few examples of extreme environments a potential robot has to account for. In this regard, it is essential to share and discuss insights within the community on how to develop such platforms. On the other hand, the cost of accessing space is decreasing, which lowers the barrier for new players to enter the market. Private companies have started to develop landing platforms and rovers to sell planetary access as a product. This leads to a need for reduction of mission costs and careful risk management to increase profits. In summary, we plan to investigate challenges and opportunities for the future of mobile planetary exploration. Next-generation mobility concepts are presented, which allow for investigating so far unreached planetary environments. A special focus is laid on the presentation of scientific targets and commercial opportunities.
Covid-19 Note: The Workshop is going to be held online. Please monitor the website for up-to-date information.
- Kazuya Yoshida, Tohoku University, Japan
- Hendrik Kolvenbach, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
- William Reid, JPL, USA
- Gianfranco Visentin, ESA, The Netherlands
- Laura Kerber, JPL, USA
- Alin Albu-Schäffer, DLR, Germany
- Mark Maimone, JPL, USA
- Frank Kirchner, DFKI, Germany
- Teddy Tzanetos, JPL, USA
- Olivier Toupet, JPL, USA
- Genyia Ishigami, Keio University, Japan
- David Wettergreen, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
- Motiv Space Systems, USA
During the workshop, we foresee a poster session and are therefore asking for your contribution!
Please submit an abstract (max. 2 pages) as PDF to email@example.com. Use the IEEE IROS 2020 format guidelines when submitting the abstract. The templates can be found here (LaTex) and here (MS Word). A review panel will evaluate the abstracts.
Selected works will be pitched with a 5 minutes highlight talk via Zoom and presented in a virtual poster walk via Spatial Chat.
The proceedings of this Workshop will be indexed and receive a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
Abstract Submission Deadline: 13.09.2020 (23:59:00 PST) Notification of Acceptance: 27.09.2020
- Submission of Final Abstract/Poster: 18.10.2020 (23:59:00 PST)
- Presentation: 29.10.2020 (see the schedule for more information)
All contributions relevant to planetary robotics are welcome:
- Above-surface, surface, and sub-surface planetary mobility
- Planetary robot system design
- Autonomy and AI
- Command and control with limited bandwidth
- Perception and Navigation in unknown environments
- Testing and qualification of planetary systems, including field test reports
- Robotic mission concepts, planning, and operation
- Commercial opportunities and “Space 2.0”
- Studies on the planetary environment (Terramechanics, Scientific targets, etc.)
The best contributions will be awarded prizes of up to 500€, sponsored by Moog.
|10/29/2020 07:00-07:20||Welcome and opening remarks|
|Session 1: State of the art of planetary surface exploration and|
missions under development/currently in space.
|10/29/2020 07:20-07:40||Alin Albu-Schäffer, DLR, Germany|
|10/29/2020 07:40-08:00||Gianfranco Visentin, ESA, The Netherlands|
|10/29/2020 08:00-08:20||Frank Kirchner, DFKI, Germany|
|10/29/2020 08:20-08:40||Mark Maimone, JPL, USA|
|10/29/2020 08:40-09:00||Teddy Tzanetos, JPL, USA|
|10/29/2020 09:00-09:20||Group/Panel discussion|
|Session 2: Poster contributions|
|10/29/2020 09:20-10:00||Poster pitches|
|10/29/2020 10:00-open end||Virtual poster walk|
|Session 3: Surface exploration from an implementation, scientific,|
and commercial perspective.
|10/29/2020 15:00-15:20||Laura Kerber, JPL, USA|
|10/29/2020 15:20-15:40||TBD, Motiv Space Systems, USA|
|10/29/2020 15:40-16:00||Olivier Toupet, JPL, USA|
|10/29/2020 16:00-16:20||William “Red” Whittaker, CMU, USA|
|10/29/2020 16:20-16:40||Kazuya Yoshida, Tohoku University, Japan|
|10/29/2020 16:40-17:00||Group/Panel discussion|
|Session 4: Novel mobility concepts, field testing, and lessons learned.|
|10/30/2020 07:00-07:20||Genyia Ishigami, Keio University, Japan|
|10/30/2020 07:20-07:40||Hendrik Kolvenbach, ETH Zurich, Switzerland|
|10/30/2020 07:40-08:00||William Reid, JPL, USA|
|10/30/2020 08:00-08:20||Patrick McGarey, JPL, USA|
|10/30/2020 08:20-08:40||David Wettergreen, CMU, USA|
|10/30/2020 08:40-09:00||Group/Panel discussion|
|10/30/2020 09:00-09:10||Closing remarks|
Robotic Systems Lab, ETH Zurich, Leonhardstrasse 21, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland
Jet Propulsion Laboratory M/S 198-219 4800 Oak Grove Drive Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
Jet Propulsion Laboratory M/S 198-219 4800 Oak Grove Drive Pasadena, CA 91109, USA
Space Robotics Lab, Tohoku University, Aoba 6-6-01, 980-8579 Sendai, Japan
We would like to thank Moog for their sponsoring of the Workshop.