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Prof. Dave Barnes,
Professor of Space and Planetary Robotics,
Computer Science Department,
Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion,
SY23 3DB, Wales, UK.
Tel: +44 01970 621561
Fax: +44 01970 622455
Can be found here.
Space Robotics at Aberystwyth University
Details can be found here.
- I have been active in robotics research for over 25 years, and a PI on numerous projects funded by the EPSRC, STFC, Royal Society,
and European projects including ESA. My research interests include intelligent computing methods for autonomous robot enabled planetary science,
and novel computer vision methods for increased planetary science return.
- I am a member of the ESA ExoMars rover team and responsible for a number of Aberystwyth activities including
PanCam instrument calibration and image processing. The ExoMars rover is
scheduled for launch in 2018 and is a joint ESA-NASA mission.
- I was involved with a number of
activities for the
Beagle 2 Mars Lander mission, which was planned
to arrive on December 25, 2003. I was responsible for
the simulation and calibration of the robotic ARM, and developing ARM
ground command software tools for the 2003/2004 mission to Mars. I am a member of the STFC
UK Aurora Advisory Committee (AurAC). Aurora is the European Space Agency programme focused initially upon
Mars robotic missions which may lead to human missions to Mars circa 2033.
- My interest in robot locomotion involves
flying robots (aerobots), and
six legged robots.
I am particularly interested in the application of
aerobots for planetary exploration, and legged robots for difficult terrain locomotion.
Autonomous aerobot flight control, localisation and navigation methods are the key planetary robotics
areas, and I have investigated gait dynamics and body attitude control for legged robots.
- Solitary robotic devices have been evident for many years, but increasingly,
multiple interacting mobile vehicles are being required for complex task achievement.
I was involved in the area of
multiple co-operant mobile robots
for a number of years, and my work focused upon control architecture design.
- In the area of remote hazardous environments, semi-autonomous robots are
often required. This raises the problem of how a remote human operator should
interface to, and interact with, an individual or group of semi-autonomous
robots. My past research has involved the use of
haptic devices for the tele-operation of remote robots
in hazardous environments.
The information provided on this and other pages by me, Dave Barnes, is under my own personal
responsibility and not that of the Aberystwyth University. Similarly, any opinions
expressed are my own and are in no way to be taken as those of Aberystwyth University.
Last Modified: 1st April, 2010