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Issue 2 • Date June 2006

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  • Robot sales and installations predicted to continue to increase worldwide

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):109 - 110
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  • Amplifying research

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):3 - 5
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  • EURON Report

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 110
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  • Ad Index

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 112
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  • Column expansion

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 3
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  • Society News

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 10
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  • IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, Vol. 13, No. 2, June 2006

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 0_1
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  • IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine - Table of Contents

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 1
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  • Looking Ahead - From the Editor's Desk

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 2
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  • Great adventures on the surface of Mars, From the Guest Editor

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):6 - 8
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  • Spotlight on the robotics curriculum clearinghouse

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):7 - 8
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  • Announcement

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 9
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  • ICRA '07 - 2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation - Call for Contributions

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s): 11
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  • Living the dream - an overview of the Mars exploration project

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):12 - 18
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    The twin Mars exploration rover vehicles began in early April 2000 as the dream of a young Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineer. After two disappointing failures of the Mars Climate Orbiter and the Mars Polar Lander, NASA and the JPL were interested in determining a new course to invigorate the Mars Program. The objective of this article is to set out a chronology of the events of this excitin... View full abstract»

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  • Mars exploration rover mobility development

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):19 - 26
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    The Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Project was launched in mid-2000 to land two mobile exploration platforms at different science targets on the red planet. The centerpiece of each mission is the rover and its scientific payload. Spirit and Opportunity are identical vehicles, and each carries the same science payload and engineering subsystems. NASA's current Mars program is once again focused on mi... View full abstract»

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  • Mobile manipulation for the Mars exploration rover - a dexterous and robust instrument positioning system

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):27 - 36
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    This article has described in detail the Mars exploration rover's instrument positioning system and the use of this subsystem to carryout in situ operations of the Martian surface and subsurface. All told, the instrument deployment device (IDD) has served as an exceptional robotic mechanism for performing robust and reliable in situ science. The ability to carry out high precision mobile manipulat... View full abstract»

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  • Driving on Mars with RSVP

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):37 - 45
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    The rover sequencing and visualization program (RSVP) suite of tools has been a critical factor in the success of the Mars exploration rover (MER) missions. It would be impossible to prepare the large command loads each sol without the capabilities that it possesses. It has proven to be robust and easy to use and capable of answering key questions about sequence validity and constraints. Certainly... View full abstract»

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  • Working the Martian night shift - the MER surface operations process

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):46 - 53
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    The Mars exploration rover mission has conducted continuous Mars surface operations for over 24 months to date. The operations processes and tools put in place before landing have continued to develop throughout the surface mission, evolving from a capability intended to operate for less than four months to one capable of continuing indefinitely. The MER operations design has been accepted as base... View full abstract»

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  • Visual odometry on the Mars exploration rovers - a tool to ensure accurate driving and science imaging

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):54 - 62
    Cited by:  Papers (19)  |  Patents (1)
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    In this paper, visual odometry is presented as an approach to position estimation to find features in a stereo image pair and track them from one frame to the next. Visual odometry has been a highly effective tool for maintaining vehicle safety while driving near obstacles on slopes, achieving difficult drive approaches in fewer sols, and ensuring accurate science imaging. Although it requires act... View full abstract»

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  • Mars exploration rover surface operations: driving opportunity at Meridiani Planum

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):63 - 71
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    Since landing on the Meridiani Planum region of Mars in January 2004, the Mars exploration rover (MER) vehicle named Opportunity has been sending back pictures taken from several different craters that would provide evidence that the region did indeed have a watery past. This paper details the experience of driving Opportunity through this alien landscape during its first 400 days on Mars, from th... View full abstract»

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  • Mars exploration

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):72 - 82
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    While some of the questions about Mars has been answered after about 40 years of exploration, many still remain. This paper looks back at what we have learned so far about Mars and then looks ahead at the missions planned, technologies needed, and further science clues sought through either robotic or human exploration View full abstract»

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  • The Mars exploration plans of ESA

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):83 - 89
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    In the framework of its Aurora Exploration Program, the European Space Agency (ESA) has initiated the ExoMars Project. Aside from searching for traces of life at and near the Martian surface, ExoMars aims to characterize the Martian geochemistry and water distribution at various locations, improve the knowledge of the Mars environment and geophysics, and identify possible hazards for future missio... View full abstract»

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  • Kineo CAM: a success story of motion planning algorithms

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):90 - 93
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    Kineo computer aided motion (CAM) is a start-up company that develops and markets software technologies dedicated to motion planning and control and destined for the industrial domain of product lifecycle management (PLM). In addition to this product strategy, Kineo CAM's expertise covers various domains ranging from medical robotics to transportation via graphics. This article gives an account of... View full abstract»

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  • A guide to vision-based map building

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):94 - 98
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    This paper describes a simple vision-based mapping system for mobile robot navigation in an unknown outdoor environment, consistent with the efforts of Georgia Tech's team for the DARPA-sponsored Learning Applied to Ground Robots (LAGR) project. This approach, which has been robust to different environments and responsive to time-critical constraints, is a good example of robotics in practice View full abstract»

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  • Simultaneous localization and mapping: part I

    Publication Year: 2006, Page(s):99 - 110
    Cited by:  Papers (489)  |  Patents (12)
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    This paper describes the simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) problem and the essential methods for solving the SLAM problem and summarizes key implementations and demonstrations of the method. While there are still many practical issues to overcome, especially in more complex outdoor environments, the general SLAM method is now a well understood and established part of robotics. Another p... View full abstract»

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IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine is a unique technology publication which is peer-reviewed, readable and substantive.  The Magazine is a forum for articles which fall between the academic and theoretical orientation of scholarly journals and vendor sponsored trade publications.

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Meet Our Editors

Editor-in-Chief
Eugenio Guglielmelli
Laboratory of Biomedical Robotics
      and Biomicrosystems
Universita' Campus Bio-Medico
      di Roma