Mars Mining Robots in support of Human Habitation

CSEE Seminar Series: Co-Robotics

  • Wed 12 Jun 19

    16:00 - 18:00

  • Colchester Campus


  • Event speaker

    John Hamilton

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of

  • Contact details

    Vishwanathan Mohan

This last seminar of the CSEE Seminar Series for the academic year will be hosted by John Hamilton.

This seminar will overview the following:

  • The current schema for human exploration and habitation of the Planet Mars
  • Introduce the field of In Situ resource utilisation (ISRU)
  • Show how robotics will be crucial in accomplishing the critical needs of astronauts, both prior to landing and during exploration. 

Swarms of autonomous mining robots will be needed to gather the resources already available on or near the Martian surface. The architecture of their command and control is yet to be defined.

Mars Mining Robots in support of Human Habitation


John Hamilton is the PI for the University of Hawaii at the Hilo component of the PSTAR grant BASALT (Biologic Analogue Science Associated With Lava Terrains).

Prior to that Hamilton was directly responsible for the logistics and execution for two NASA In Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU) field tests operated by PISCES @ UHH; the 2008 NASA Resolve analogue test, and the 2010 International (NASA/CSA/ESA) Lunar Surface Operations ISRU Utilisation Field Test.

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