Speaker - Kanna Rajan

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Kanna is the Principal Researcher for Autonomy at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute which he joined October 2005. Prior to that he was a Senior Research Scientist and a member of the management team of the Autonomous Systems and Robotics Area at NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, California.

As the Program Manager for Autonomy & Robotics for a $5M FY05 program at Ames he was tasked with putting together a credible demonstration of Human/Robotic collaboration on a planetary surface. The field demonstration at the Ames Marscape in September 2005 end, showcased how autonomous systems and EVA astronauts could "work" together towards exploration tasks. Before this programmatic assignment, he was the Principal Investigator on the MAPGEN Mixed- Initiative Planning effort as a decision s support system to command the Spirit and Opportunity rovers on the surface of the Red Planet. MAPGEN continues to be used thru 2005, twice daily in the mission-critical uplink process.

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Do Robots Make Better Astronauts?

11.08.09 | 01:22:48 min | 2 comments