HumAnS Lab


As explorers, humans are superior to robots due to their ability to think critically, their resilience in the face of unexpected situations, and their adaptation to new scenarios. On the other hand, it is unrealistic to send humans in the near term on remote planetary missions or to hazardous terrain environments here on Earth. Although robots have limited perception and reasoning, and their capabilities are limited by foresight and insight of their own developers, it is more feasible to advance robot technology to function as explorers than to send humans. In the HumAnS Lab, we focus on increasing the capability of robot vehicles to function in natural environments, such as found on planetary surfaces, undersea, underground, and in remote geological locations here on Earth.

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