Press Release

Brainy Robots are Subject of Free Lectures

By SpaceRef Editor
March 5, 2002
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How do you teach a robot to avoid obstacles, map its
surroundings and go where you want it to go?

Robert Hogg of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Pasadena, Calif., and colleagues have done just that. Hogg
will share their work during two free lectures entitled,
“Autonomous Navigation for Urban Robots,” on Thursday, March
14 at JPL and Friday, March 15 at Pasadena City College.

Hogg works on “Urbie,” an urban robot designed to
navigate city terrain without any help from humans. This
research on self-navigation, stereoscopic vision and
locomotion holds promise for a variety of applications,
including search and rescue missions, unmanned reconnaissance
and the exploration of distant planets.

Both lectures are open to the public and will start at 7
p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Thursday’s lecture will be in JPL’s von Karman Auditorium,
located at 4800 Oak Grove Drive in Pasadena, off the Oak Grove
Drive exit of the 210 (Foothill) Freeway. Friday’s lecture
will be at the Pasadena City College Forum, located at 1570 E.
Colorado Blvd.

Thursday’s lecture will be Webcast starting at 7 p.m. at
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures/mar02.html .

For more information, call (818) 354-0112 or go to
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures.html .

JPL is a division of the California Institute of
Technology in Pasadena.

SpaceRef staff editor.