Workshop on Robots Supporting Human Science and Exploration  August 5-6, 2009  Houston, Texas




NASA’s Optimizing Science and
   Exploration Working Group (OSEWG)
Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG)
AIAA Space Automation and Robotics    Technical Committee (SARTC)
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)

Organizing Committee
Cynthia Conrad,
   NASA Headquarters
Doug Craig,
   NASA Headquarters
Matthew Deans,
   NASA Headquarters
Jennifer Heldmann,
   NASA Headquarters
Ruthan Lewis,
   NASA Headquarters
Michael Wargo,
   NASA Headquarters


Logo Image Credits:
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Rover    [NASA/JPL]
Dextre [Canadian Space Agency],
Lunar Excavation Vehicle [Astrobotic    Technology],
Astronaut on Mars [NASA/JPL],
NASA Desert Research and Technology    Study (RATS) [NASA JSC],
Autonomous Extravehicular Activity    Robotic Camera (AERCAM)
   Sprint [NASA],
K-10 [NASA],
Apollo 17 [NASA],
Scarab [Carnegie Mellon University],
Centaur [NASA],
Lunar Exploration Rover (LER) [NASA],
All-Terrain Hex-Legged Extra Terrestrial    Explorer Vehicle (ATHLETE)    [NASA/JPL]






The OSEWG Workshop on Robots Supporting Human Science and Exploration will be held August 5–6, 2009, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), located in the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) building, 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, Texas, 77058.


August 5–6, 2009
Houston, Texas


This workshop will investigate how robotics might best be used to support a sustainable program of human exploration and science in space. The objective is to identify areas where high-priority lunar and Mars surface science needs can be met with space robotics capabilities, while fostering improved understanding and communication between the communities. The workshop will engage the space science and space robotics communities to include expertise from both domains. This workshop is intended to be a follow-on to the 2007 OSEWG Workshop on Architecture Issues Related to Sampling.

The Optimizing Science and Exploration Working Group (OSEWG), Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG), and Space Autonomy and Robotics Technical Committee (SARTC) are working closely with the science and engineering communities to make this workshop relevant and useful to a variety of planning activities across NASA.  We are looking for a good balance of scientists, engineers, and operations experts, especially those with experience in field work and flight projects. Contributions from the private sector and international participants are welcome.   A report will be produced as a NASA publication, and will be available electronically on the OSEWG website.

The workshop agenda is now available.


There is no registration fee associated with this workshop. However, participants are asked to register in advance using the electronic registration form provided so that the meeting organizers will have an accurate headcount for planning purposes. The advance registration deadline is August 4, 2009. Registration after that date will be on site.

Lunch will be served on site each day at the cost of $11.00 per person. Participants may pay at the time of check-in, either by cash or credit card. A catered continental breakfast as well as afternoon snacks will be provided each day.




Participants are responsible for making their own travel and hotel reservations. For your convenience, a list of local hotels and a local area map showing their locations are provided.


For further information regarding the format and scientific objectives of the meeting, contact

Matthew Deans
NASA Headquarters
phone: 202-358-1136
e-mail: [email protected]

For further information regarding meeting logistics, please contact

Mary Cloud
Lunar and Planetary Institute
phone:  281-486-2143
e-mail: [email protected]

For questions about registration, please contact

Linda Tanner
Lunar and Planetary Institute
phone: 281-486-2142
e-mail: [email protected]

Additional Contact Information:

Cynthia Conrad
NASA Headquarters
phone: 202-358-4493
e-mail: [email protected]

Douglas Craig
NASA Headquarters
phone: 202-358-4491
e-mail: [email protected]

Jennifer Heldmann
NASA Headquarters
phone: 202-358-2302
e-mail: [email protected]

Ruthan Lewis
NASA Headquarters
phone: 202-358-0544
e-mail: [email protected]

Michael Wargo
NASA Headquarters
phone: 202-358-0822
e-mail: [email protected]

  Tuesday, August 4, 2009  

Deadline for advance registration

  August 5–6, 2009  
Workshop on Robots Supporting Human Science
and Exploration,
in Houston, Texas


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