NASA's Centennial Challenges: Space Robotics Challenge

NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston and NineSigma, has opened registration for a new competition -- the Space Robotics Challenge. This event seeks to develop the capabilities of humanoid robots to help astronauts on the journey to Mars.

The Space Robotics Challenge is a $1 million prize competition designed to push the boundaries of robotic dexterity. Teams must program a virtual robot, modeled after NASA’s Robonaut 5, or R5 robot, to complete a series of tasks in a simulation that includes periods of latency to represent communications delay from Earth to Mars.

NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston and NineSigma, has opened registration for a new competition -- the Space Robotics Challenge. This event seeks to develop the capabilities of humanoid robots to help astronauts on the journey to Mars.

The Space Robotics Challenge is a $1 million prize competition designed to push the boundaries of robotic dexterity. Teams must program a virtual robot, modeled after NASA’s Robonaut 5, or R5 robot, to complete a series of tasks in a simulation that includes periods of latency to represent communications delay from Earth to Mars.

The competition will be held in a virtual environment. Each team’s R5 will be challenged with resolving the aftermath of a dust storm that has damaged a Martian habitat. This involves three objectives: aligning a communications dish, repairing a solar array and fixing a habitat leak.

Registration for the Space Robotics Challenge closes at 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 7, 2016. A qualifying round will run from mid-September to mid-November. Finalists of that round will be announced in December and will engage in open practice from January to early June 2017. The final virtual competition will be held in June 2017, and winners will be announced at the end of June at Space Center Houston.

For more information about the Space Robotics Challenge, visit http://www.nasa.gov/spacebot.

Please direct questions about this competition to info@spaceroboticschallenge.com.

Deadline:

Friday, October 7, 2016

Opportunity Category:

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, will be accepting applications from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2016.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer SSAs to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

The NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, will be accepting applications from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2016.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer SSAs to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. SSA hopes to add 100 new volunteers to the program in 2017.

To learn more about the SSA Program and to apply online, visit https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssa/home.cfm. The Announcement of Opportunity and application form will be available on Sept. 1.

If you have questions about this opportunity, contact Kay Ferrari, SSA coordinator, by email at ambassad@jpl.nasa.gov.

Deadline:

Friday, September 30, 2016

Opportunity Category:

NASA Swarmathon: Seeking College Teams for Virtual Robotics Competition!

The NASA Swarmathon is now accepting applications for the 2017 NASA Swarmathon Virtual Competition. Selected teams will receive a $500 stipend for their faculty member; training via live webinars, videos and guides; and access to technical forums to post questions and receive answers. The top scoring team will receive a $3,000 prize.

The NASA Swarmathon is now accepting applications for the 2017 NASA Swarmathon Virtual Competition. Selected teams will receive a $500 stipend for their faculty member; training via live webinars, videos and guides; and access to technical forums to post questions and receive answers. The top scoring team will receive a $3,000 prize.

The Swarmathon Virtual Competition will challenge students to develop search algorithms for robotic swarms, and these algorithms will be tested by competition organizers in a virtual environment. Winners will be announced at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in April 2017.

Swarmathon participation will (1) improve students’ skills in robotics and computer science and (2) further advance technologies related to future NASA space exploration missions. Faculty members at Minority Serving Universities and Minority Serving Community Colleges are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is Sept. 30, 2016.

For more information, visit http://nasaswarmathon.com/.

Please direct questions about the NASA Swarmathon Virtual Competition to Info@NASASwarmathon.com.

Deadline:

Friday, September 30, 2016

Opportunity Category:

Merrigan, Sarah

Sarah Ruth Merrigan is a University of Arizona Senior majoring in Civil Engineering. She works with Xubin Zeng from the Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences on “Seasonal prediction of temperature and precipitation over Arizona.”

Merrigan, Sarah

Sarah Ruth Merrigan is a University of Arizona Senior majoring in Civil Engineering. She works with Xubin Zeng from the Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences on “Seasonal prediction of temperature and precipitation over Arizona.”

Year
2016

Pascale, Massimo

Massimo Pascale is a University of Arizona Sophomore majoring in Astronomy. He works with Brenda Frye from the Astronomy department on “Exploring Galaxy Fireworks with HST.”

Pascale, Massimo

Massimo Pascale is a University of Arizona Sophomore majoring in Astronomy. He works with Brenda Frye from the Astronomy department on “Exploring Galaxy Fireworks with HST.”

Year
2016
Peer Tutor Topics
Astronomy, Math, Physics

Tang, Christopher

Christopher Tang is a University of Arizona Senior majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. He works with Krishna Muralidharan from the Materials Science and Engineering department on “An endogenous source of organics in terrestrial planets: chemistry of organics-mineral interactions.”

Tang, Christopher

Christopher Tang is a University of Arizona Senior majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. He works with Krishna Muralidharan from the Materials Science and Engineering department on “An endogenous source of organics in terrestrial planets: chemistry of organics-mineral interactions.”

Year
2016
Peer Tutor Topics
Math

Tigges, Mattie

Mattie Tigges is a University of Arizona Junior majoring in Astronomy. She works with Joseph Spitale from PTYS/LPL on “Mapping Eruptive Activity in Enceladus' South-Polar Terrain.”

Tigges, Mattie

Mattie Tigges is a University of Arizona Junior majoring in Astronomy. She works with Joseph Spitale from PTYS/LPL on “Mapping Eruptive Activity in Enceladus' South-Polar Terrain.”

Year
2016

Tharmarajah, Sanjay

Sanjay Tharmarajah is a University of Arizona Senior majoring in Chemical Engineering. He works with Anthony Muscat from the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering on “Self-Assembly of Nanocrystal into Ribbons.”

Tharmarajah, Sanjay

Sanjay Tharmarajah is a University of Arizona Senior majoring in Chemical Engineering. He works with Anthony Muscat from the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering on “Self-Assembly of Nanocrystal into Ribbons.”

Year
2016
Peer Tutor Topics
Chemical Engineering

Stine, Carolyn

Carolyn Stine is a University of Arizona Sophomore majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry. She works with Erin Posthumus from the USA National Phenology Network, School of Natural Resources and the Environment on “Exploring connections between climate, plants and animals on the Nat'l Wildlife Refuge Sys. & beyond.”

Stine, Carolyn

Carolyn Stine is a University of Arizona Sophomore majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry. She works with Erin Posthumus from the USA National Phenology Network, School of Natural Resources and the Environment on “Exploring connections between climate, plants and animals on the Nat'l Wildlife Refuge Sys. & beyond.”

Year
2016
Peer Tutor Topics
Chemistry, Molecular Biology

Manjon, Iliana

Iliana Manjon is a University of Arizona Senior majoring in Physiology. She works with Eric Betterton from the Hydrology and Atmospehric Sciences on “Toxic metals in mining related dust.”

Manjon, Iliana

Iliana Manjon is a University of Arizona Senior majoring in Physiology. She works with Eric Betterton from the Hydrology and Atmospehric Sciences on “Toxic metals in mining related dust.”

Year
2016
Peer Tutor Topics
Biology, Chemistry, Physiology

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