NASA Space Robotics Challenge Team WPI Finalists

What is NASA’s Space Robotics Challenge?

The NASA Space Robotics Challenge was an industry competition that tasked teams with developing and displaying the ability of an R5 robot to assist with the necessary tasks within a NASA mission, such as one on Mars. We used the Robot Operating System (ROS), and the virtual environment Gazebo to simulate the robot performing the tasks. Read more about the challenge here.

How did WPI’s team do?

The WPI Humanoid Robotics Lab team was among 20 finalists in the competition, beating out over 405 teams from 55 countries.

Project Drogo Wins at HealthHacksRI

We developed a wearable device designed to assist elderly people through post-hip surgery recovery. The device has two main functions:

1. Looking out for prohibited motions

After a hip replacement, there are a number of motions you can’t do. For example, you can’t bend over, you can’t cross your legs, and you can’t shift your weight to that foot. The wearable watches out for all of these things in the background and can alert you (and a caretaker) if they happen in the days after surgery.

2. Guiding the user through rehab

Rehab begins almost immediately after surgery but can be quite expensive and difficult to remember when not under supervision. The app not only makes sure the rehab exercise is completed, but also makes sure the exercise is completed correctly without strain on the new hip.

I specifically worked on the software running on our microcontroller. It sent information to the iPhone over the internet like when a user crossed his legs and when a user correctly did his exercise.

This project was done at HealthHacks RI at the University of Rhode Island with Ben Hylak, Mark Landergan, and Andrew Nagal.

An example warning
An example guided exercise
Our team on 1st place at HeathHacksRI in 2017!

2nd Place at Intel ISEF 2016

Placed 2nd place in the category of Engineering Mechanics at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair alongside Project Maverick. In throughout ISEF 2016, I also received:

If you saw me at the 2016 Intel International Science Fair competition and wanted to find my presentation poster, or if you are just interested in my presentation, you can find my poster here!

IEEE Award at Intel ISEF 2015

Alongside Project Maverick, I won the IEEE President’s Scholarship Award ($10,000) at the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair “for an outstanding project demonstrating an understanding of electrical engineering, electronics engineering, and computer science”