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    Dr. Barajas selected as 2016 AIAA Associate Fellow

    The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce its Class of 2016 Associate Fellows. AIAA formally honored and inducted the class at its AIAA Associate Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Dinner on Monday, January 4, 2016, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California, in conjunction with the AIAA Science and Technology Forum […]

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Featured Articles

featuredimage Barajas et al., US Patent 9,387,589 Granted

United States Patent 9,387,589 Barajas, et al. July 12, 2016 Visual debugging of robotic tasks

featuredimage Sanders, Barajas et al., US Patent 9,120,224 Granted

United States Patent 9,120,224 Sanders, Barajas, et al. September 1, 2015 Framework and method for controlling a robotic system using a distributed computer network ...

featuredimage Barajas & Sanders, US Patent 8,805,581 Granted

United States Patent 8,805,581 Barajas,   et al. August 12, 2014 Procedural memory learning and robot control

featuredimage Barajas et al., US Patent 8,577,815 Granted

United States Patent 8,577,815 Barajas ,   et al. November 5, 2013 Method and system for concurrent event forecasting

featuredimage Alcazar & Barajas, US Patent 8,515,579 Granted

United States Patent 8,515,579 Alcazar,   et al. August 20, 2013 Systems and Methods Associated with Handling an Object with a Gripper

featuredimage Barajas et al., US Patent 8,369,992 Granted

United States Patent 8,369,992 Barajas,   et al. February 5, 2013 Embedded diagnostic, prognostic, and health management system and method for a humanoid robot

featuredimage High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera

On Sol 84 (Oct. 31, 2012), NASA's Curiosity rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to capture this set ...

featuredimage Dr. Barajas will be the opening Keynote Speaker at the IEEE Workshop on Engineering Applications (WEA) in Bogotá, Colombia

Talks Titles: - NASA-GM Robonaut 2: An Engineering Revolution in Robotics and Automation - Mars Desert Research Station: Engineering Challenges in Self-Sufficiency ...

Creation of an IEEE Joint Robotics & Automation – Controls Systems (JRACS) Chapter in Huntsville

Dear IEEE Huntsville Section Members, We are very excited to let you know about the creation of an IEEE Joint Robotics ...

featuredimage 2012 LPSC Abstract: Rover Routes and Hydrous Soil Locations on the Mars Desert Research Station

D. K. Weiss, N. Levine, R. Nusbaum, N. D. Munster, L. G. Barajas, K. Wynne, A. Stein, and C. Runyon, ...

Awards & Honors

Dr. Barajas Receives NASA’s Space Act Award

This recognition was granted for the development of a significant scientific or technical contribution, Robonaut 2 (R2) MSC-CC-001, that has been determined to be of value in the conduct of an aeronautical or space activity of NASA.

NASA’s Robonaut 2 Lauded as 2014 Government Invention of the Year

Robonaut 2, NASA’s first humanoid robot in space, was selected as the NASA Government Invention of the Year for 2014. Many outstanding inventions were considered for this award, and Robonaut 2 was chosen after a challenging review by the NASA selection committee that evaluated the robot in the following areas: Aerospace Significance, Industry Significance, Humanitarian […]

Dr. Barajas receives the Dynetics Presidential Medal

Dynetics President, David King, presented the award to Dr. Barajas for his contributions to the iOATIS program.

NASA’s Hot 100 Technologies: Robotics, Automation & Control – NASA Tech Briefs

Dr. Barajas received the NASA JSC Top 10 Award for Robonaut 2. Congratulations on being part of the 2014 TOP 100 NASA Technologies.

Dr. Barajas receives the 2013 IEEE Huntsville Section “Outstanding Engineer Award”

During the 2013 Engineer’s Week Awards Banquet, Bob Robinson, Boeing Tech Fellow and Past IEEE Huntsville Section Chair presented the award on behalf of the IEEE to Dr. Barajas for significant contributions as a member of the IEEE

Robonaut 2 Receives National Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Technology Transfer

NASA was honored for its technology transfer achievements by the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC). The team members of the partnership from the NASA Johnson Space Center and from General Motors were recognized for the design of the humanoid robot, Robonaut 2,  for aerospace applications and automotive manufacturing.

Patents

Yuan, Barajas et al., US Patent 7,996,113 Granted

United States Patent 7,996,113 Yuan, Barajas, et al. August 9, 2011 Methods of integrating real and virtual world using virtual sensor/actuator.

Kadambe, Barajas et al., US Patent 7,899,761 Granted

United States Patent 7,899,761 Kadambe, Barajas, et al. March 1, 2011 System and method for signal prediction.

Xiao, Barajas, et al. US Patent 7,672,811 Granted

United States Patent 7,672,811 Xiao, Barajas, et al. March 2, 2010 System and method for production system performance prediction.

Srinivasa & Barajas, US Patent 7,526,461 Granted

United States Patent 7,526,461 Srinivasa & Barajas April 28, 2009 System and method for temporal data mining.

Barajas, et al. US Patent 7,171,897 Granted

System and methods for data-driven control of manufacturing processes  Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing hybrid, closed-loop control that generates control values for processes defined by a limited number of function evaluations and large amounts of process and measurement noise. The described control system is applied to a stencil printing process for applying solder paste to […]

Papers

3D Visual Perception System for Bin Picking in Automotive Sub-Assembly Automation

S. Lee, J. Kim, M. Lee, K. Yoo, L. G. Barajas, and R. Menassa, “3D Visual Perception System for Bin Picking in Automotive Sub-Assembly Automation,” International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA 2012), Saint Paul, MN, 2012.

Estimating Object Grasp Sliding via Pressure Array Sensing

J. A. Alcazar and L. G. Barajas, “Estimating Object Grasp Sliding via Pressure Array Sensing,” submitted to the International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA 2012) Saint Paul, MN, 2012.

Local Recurrence Based Performance Prediction and Prognostics in the Nonlinear and Nonstationary Systems

H. Yang, S. T. S. Bukkapatnam, L. G. Barajas, “Local Recurrence Based Performance Prediction and Prognostics in the Nonlinear and Nonstationary Systems,” Pattern Recognition, vol. 44, pp. 1834-1840, 2011

Dexterous Robotic Hand Grasping Method for Automotive Parts

J. A. Alcazar and L. G. Barajas, “Dexterous Robotic Hand Grasping Method for Automotive Parts,” presented at the IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Nashville, TN, December 6, 2010

Virtual Launch & Validation of Manufacturing Automation Controls

L. G. Barajas, S. R. Biller, F. Gu, and C. Yuan, “Virtual Launch & Validation of Manufacturing Automation Controls,” presented at the 6th IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE). Toronto, Canada, 2010

A Survey on Prognostic Metrics

T.-C. Lu, N. Srinivasa, and L. G. Barajas, “A Survey on Prognostic Metrics,” presented at the Machinery Failure Prevention Technology (MFPT) Conference, Huntsville, AL, 2010

Mars Desert Research Station

Mars Desert Research Station – Crew 109 Summary Report

The MDRS rotation for our Crew (CIX) has come to an end, and it is time for all to move on and to look for other planets! The table below summarizes the Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVA) performed during the 2 week stay over the 2011 Christmas period (Dec 17-Dec 31).  And yes, we had almost 54 […]