Partially autonomous, highly mobile robot with multimodal perception capabilities for search, rescue, reconnaissance, observation and decontamination activities

THORO is a student project which has the goal to compete successfully against international competitors at the European Rover Challenge. To achieve this goal THORO relies on state of the art techniques in the fields of object recognition, planning, robot control and regulation technology which are applied on the robot platform ARTEMIS.

THORO Team and supervisors
THORO Team and supervisors (Photo: Malte Wirks, DFKI GmbH)
Artemis on uneven terrain
Artemis on uneven terrain (Photo: Thomas Frank, DFKI GmbH)
Artemis drives through sand
Artemis drives through sand (Photo: Tom Creutz, University Bremen)
Artemis passing railway
Artemis passing railway (Photo: Tom Creutz, University Bremen)

Project details

The THORO project employs technologies for the autonomous operation of robots in planetary exploration and manipulation missions. The aim of the project is to improve the autonomous capabilities of a robot developed in the context of space exploration in realistic and complex scenarios.

Independent planning and implementation of the project is carried out by master students of the University of Bremen from the Faculty 3 - Mathematics and Computer Science. With the support of expert scientists of the DFKI, as well as its huge software libraries, the heterogeneous team of the Departments of Computer Science, Systems Engineering and Cognitive Science is participating in an international competition.

Within the scope of this one-year project, the robot platform ARTEMIS will be prepared for the European Rover Challenge. The ERC is one of the world's largest international robotics competitions for rover design, navigation and manipulation. It is especially aimed at young teams that compete with a wide variety of robots and software libraries to master challenges such as those that might arise on Mars or the Moon. In five disciplines, life-threatening environments are simulated in which tasks such as autonomous exploration, soil sampling and panel operation must be mastered. In order to successfully perform these tasks, state-of-the-art techniques from the fields of object recognition, planning, robot control and control engineering will be combined. In addition to the execution of the tasks, the documentation and presentation of the project will also play an important role in the scoring of the participants.

last updated 23.07.2020
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