Professor Klaus McDonald-Maier, who leads this collaborative EPSRC Global Engagement Project with NASA, visited JPL this Summer. Klaus is interested in looking at increased reliability for hardware and software architectures in robotic systems. These systems include extra-terrestrial robotic rovers such as the Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory, which recently successfully landed on Mars where it will undertake a series of experiments. Curiosity relies on complex programmable control systems and an enormous amount of dedicated software which must be extremely reliable as it is deployed in such a remote location.
Klaus commented ‘It was extremely exciting being at NASA JPL when Curiosity successfully landed and it will be very interesting as it embarks on fundamental experiments which should give us great insights into the structure and characteristics of Mars.’