Adaptive and intelligent navigation of autonomous planetary rovers – a survey

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Abstract

The application of robotics and autonomous systems in space has increased dramatically. The ongoing Mars rover mission involving the Curiosity rover, along with the success of its predecessors, is a key milestone that showcases the existing capabilities of robotic technology. Nevertheless, there has still been a heavy reliance on human tele-operators to drive these systems. Reducing the reliance on human experts for navigational tasks on Mars remains a major challenge due to the harsh and complex nature of the Martian terrains. The development of a truly autonomous rover system with the capability to be effectively navigated in such environments requires intelligent and adaptive methods fitting for a system with limited resources. This paper surveys a representative selection of work applicable to autonomous planetary rover navigation, discussing some ongoing challenges and promising future research directions from the perspectives of the authors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages237-244
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2017
EventThe 11th NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems - the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, United States
Duration: 24 Jul 201727 Jul 2017
http://www.ahs-conf.org/

Conference

ConferenceThe 11th NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems
Abbreviated titleAHS2017
CountryUnited States
CityPasadena
Period24/07/1727/07/17
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Keywords

  • planetary rovers
  • space robotics
  • machine intelligence
  • navigation algorithms
  • autonomous systems

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Wong, C., Yang, E., Yan, X-T., & Gu, D. (2017). Adaptive and intelligent navigation of autonomous planetary rovers – a survey. 237-244. Paper presented at The 11th NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems, Pasadena, United States. https://doi.org/10.1109/AHS.2017.8046384