To Boldly Go Where No Human-Robot Team Has Gone Before
Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium
Terry Fong, Chair
Since January 2004, NASA has been pursuing a new Exploration Vision, the central objective of which is to establish a human-robotic presence on the Moon within the next two decades, as a precursor to exploration of Mars. Although robots have previously been used in space for scientific purposes, such as geology, future exploration robots will also have to perform a wide range of operational tasks including assembly, construction, maintenance, and prospecting.
The purpose of this symposium was to examine novel and radical approaches to human-robot teaming, which have the potential to greatly transform space exploration. In particular, the symposium highlighted concepts and methods that differed significantly from current approaches, that is, not just master-slave teleoperation, nor conventional supervisory control. Throughout the symposium, the focus was on how nontraditional system designs can synergistically exploit the different capabilities of humans and robots to meet mission needs.