Hao Xu: Developing Intelligent Robots for Space Exploration | Undergraduate Research



Development of intelligent robots for space exploration


Hao Xu


Electrical and biomedical engineering

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Hao Xu was born in Nanjing, China in 1984. He received his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Southeastern University in 2009 and his Ph.D. graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla), Rolla in 2012. From 2012 to 2014, he worked as a research associate at the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Intelligent Maintenance Systems . From 2014 to 2016 he was Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.

He started working at the University of Nevada, Reno in July 2016, where he currently serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering.

Project overview

For this project, we will investigate the development of intelligent robots that can accomplish the challenge mission (eg, outer space exploration, etc.) in harsh environment. Three areas are critically important: prototyping, modeling, and learning AI. First, to improve the capabilities of the robot, we need to develop a multifunctional robot prototype. Then, since the developed robot is different from others, we will find a dynamic model to effectively describe the robot’s motion capability. Finally, to ensure that the robot performs the assigned task in a difficult environment, a learning method based on artificial intelligence will be designed and implemented. The goal of this project is to generate the next generation of multifunctional robots that can be used in various missions and a variety of environments. The student will begin by studying the relevant related work and then proceed to select a special mission and develop the intelligent robot to carry out the mission. This will be followed by the implementation of new robotic capabilities and tests/validations on physical systems (Octocopter, Unmanned Ground Rovers, etc.).


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