ESA Networking/Partnering Initiative

ESA's Networking/Partnering Initiative (NPI) supports work carried out by universities and research institutes on advanced technologies with potential space applications, with the aim of fostering increased interaction between ESA, European universities, research institutes and industry.

Duration: 01.04.2011 till 31.03.2014
Donee: German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH
Sponsor: ESA
Grant number: Contract 4000103229/11/NL/PA
Application Field: Space Robotics

Project details

Rover navigation cycle during a typical robotic exploration mission study.(Source: Javier Hidalgo Carrió, DFKI GmbH)

The DFKI takes part in the ESA Networking/Partnering Initiative (NPI) in the form of a co-funded doctorate degree on the subject of robot localization for space environments.

Part of the initiative is to provide shared access to ESA facilities, systems and technical support. The intention of ESA behind the NPI initiative is to strengthen the links between research institutions, industry and ESA, and encourage academic interest in space related technology, to make contributions to the long-term needs of Europe’s space programme.



Adaptive Localization and Mapping for Planetary Rovers
Javier Hidalgo Carrió
2018. Universität Bremen.


Gaussian Process Estimation of Odometry Errors for Localization and Mapping
Javier Hidalgo Carrió, Daniel Hennes, Jakob Schwendner, Frank Kirchner
In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, (ICRA), 29.5.-03.6.2017, Singapore, IEEE, 2017.


On the Design of Attitude-Heading Reference Systems Using the Allan Variance
Javier Hidalgo Carrió, Sascha Arnold, Pantelis Poulakis
In IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, o.A., volume 63, pages 656-665, Apr/2016.


First Experimental Investigations on Wheel-Walking for Improving Triple-Bogie Rover Locomotion Performances
Martin Azkarate, Martin Zwick, Javier Hidalgo Carrió, Robin Nelen, Tim Wiese, Pantelis Poulakis, Luc Joudrier, Gianfranco Visentin
In Advanced Space Technologies for Robotics and Automation, (ASTRA), 11.5.-13.5.2013, Noordwijk, inproceedings ASTRA, 2015.


Static forces weighted Jacobian motion models for improved Odometry
Javier Hidalgo Carrió, Ajish Babu, Frank Kirchner
In Proceedings of IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, (IROS-2014), 14.9.-18.9.2014, Chicago, IEEE, Sep/2014.


Navigation and Slip Kinematics for High Performance Motion Models
Javier Hidalgo Carrió
In 12th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation, (ASTRA-2013), 15.5.-17.5.2013, Noordwijk, o.A., May/2013.


Kinematics Modeling of a Hybrid Wheeled-Leg Planetary Rover
Javier Hidalgo Carrió, Florian Cordes
In International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space, (iSAIRAS-2012), 04.9.-06.9.2012, Turin, o.A., Sep/2012.
Planetary Rover Localization Design: Antecedents and Directions
Javier Hidalgo Carrió, Jakob Schwendner, Frank Kirchner
In 2012 IEEE Intelligent Vehicle Symposium, (IV-2012), 03.6.-07.6.2012, Madrid, o.A., Jun/2012. ISBN: 978-84-695-3472-4.

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