September 14: Robotics Everywhere: Interesting Applications
This evening, we present some leaders in the field of robotics with some applications we hope you'll find interesting.
2015 Intel-Cornell Cup Winner –TJ Watson of the Walrus Team will
be here to present on the Walrus Rover Robot.
WPI Search and rescue robots have been in use since
the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. They were deployed to
search for victims, identify hazardous materials, and provide human rescue
crews with a thorough understanding of the dangerous environment. Robots were
also deployed after natural disasters including hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and
Sandy, and the 2011 tsunami in Japan. These situations presented an additional
challenge for rescue teams because of pervasive flooding, which could not be
overcome by commercially available land rovers.
The Water and Land Remote Unmanned Search Rover (WALRUS Rover), an
amphibious rover to aid in the search and discovery of survivors. It will
feature shared autonomy, high-definition vision systems, payload capability,
two-way communication, and advanced mobility. Such a rover would not only give
relief teams more information about the situation at hand, but also eliminate
the danger of sending search parties into harsh and high-risk environments. The
WALRUS Rover will be capable of overcoming indoor and outdoor obstacles like
stairs and rubble as well as navigating in flooded environments, enabling a
wider range of mission profiles. http://robot.wpi.edu/walrus
Thomas “TJ” Watson is a graduate student at Worcester
Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with degrees in Robotics Engineering and Mechanical
Engineering. TJ has been working and learning in the robotics field for many
years now, starting with FIRST Robotics teams in middle and high school. He
spent his first two collegiate summers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory
working on new and alternative forms of robotic locomotion utilizing FDM 3D
printing, followed by a summer working for Boston Engineering’s Advanced
Systems Group developing AUVs. TJ worked on a team of five undergraduates to
complete his qualifying project, an amphibious search and discovery vehicle
named WALRUS. TJ is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Robotics
Engineering at WPI.
Moderator: Peter Mongeau, Electro-Mechanical Technology Company –
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Committee: Lori Jones, David Bonneau, Sharad Mehta, Dean Cook, Peter Mongeau
Committee Chair Lori Jones