Aerospace Engineering Special Seminar: Dr. Ran Dai, Iowa State University
Monday, April 3, 2017
3164 Martin Hall
301 405 0190
Speaker: Dr. Ran Dai, Iowa State University
Title: Long-Term Autonomy for Solar-Powered Robotic Systems
Abstract: Many robotic systems will benefit from prolonged operational time when performing long-duration missions, such as environmental monitoring, search and rescue, and communications. A solar-powered robot that harvests energy from the environment and charges storage batteries as backup is intended to extend the endurance time or realize persistent operation in ideal scenarios. Due to the complex system dynamics and mission constraints, it is challenging to realize full autonomy of solar-powered robotic systems in long-term operations, especially under dynamic environments where real-time motion planning is required.