Skip to content
Generic filters
Exact matches only

Robotics for HRI and Human-Robotic Space Explorations™ Executive Program

Recently I finished the Executive Program in Robotics for HRI and Human-Robotic Space Explorations™ by the IIEC, provided at online learning platform. If you are interested, take a look at their programs.

Why I am so Passionate about this Subject

I have always been fascinated by robots. I grew up in United States and my stepfather always bought me a new robot every year. I never understood why he did so, but it was fun.

Then I remember a tv program about My Favorite Martian. My passion was robots, books, movies, and Space.

I grew up reading books about Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan.

The robots that I like are the ones you see in Star Wars, plus social robots, and humanoid robots.

One interesting video is the one ”The Rise of Personal Robots” by Cynthia Breazeal:

The Rise of Personal Robots | Cynthia Breazeal | TED Talks

Kizmo is cute! Leonardo, is amazing! I reallly loved watching their reactions in the video.

What is special is the interaction.

Robotics, HRI, and human-robotic space explorations are things I am very interested in working with and making a big different and impact with research, innovation, and leadership. This brings me to the next area to specialize in: pioneering innovation.

In my article I include the challenges for space exploration, what the space robots look like, and important links. This is essential in order to understand the importance of human-robotic interaction and the need to continue working on solving the challenges.

Challenges for Space Exploration

The 12 Greatest Challenges for Space Exploration

The article states among other things:

In his lab at MIT, former astronaut Laurence Young is testing a human centrifuge: Victims lie on their side on a platform and pedal a stationary wheel as the whole contraption spins around. The resulting force tugs their feet—just like gravity, but awkward.

Young’s machine is too cramped to use for more than an hour or two a day, though, so for 24/7 gravity, the whole spacecraft will have to become a centrifuge. A spinning spaceship could be shaped like a dumbbell, with two chambers connected by a truss. As it gets easier to send more mass into space, designers could become more ambitious—but they don’t have to reinvent the
wheel. Remember the station in 2001: A Space Odyssey? The design has been around since 1903.—Sarah Zhang


What do Humanoid-Robots for Space Exploration Look Like?

The following article shows images of humanoid robots.

Real-Life ‘Replicants’: 6 Humanoid Robots Used for Space Exploration

This is a great article that shows images of the robots and talks about some famous books:

“Blade Runner 2049” features biorobotic androids called “replicants” that closely resemble humans. But the replicants are stronger, faster, and possibly more resilient and intelligent.

Some of these replicants even work in space. In the original “Blade Runner” (1982), a replicant named Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) briefly talks about his experiences working off of planet Earth. The 1968 Philip K. Dick novel on which the movie was based, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, also mentions androids being used for space labor.

While replicants are still far in the future, NASA and other space agencies already use humanoid robots to help do work in space. (Japanese officials hoped to put a humanoid on the moon in 2015, but that hasn’t happened yet.)

There are many other versions of space robots exploring our solar system —including rovers, satellites and space probes — but here are some examples ofthe humanoid robots that are doing work in space.

  1. Robonaut (NASA)
  2. Valkyrie (NASA)
  3. RoboSimian (NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
  4. Kirobo (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
  5. Dextre (Canadian Space Agency)
  6. AILA (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence)

Watch Kirobo Having a conversation in Space:

Robot Astronaut Kirobo Has Historic Talk on International Space Station

Let us go back to 2013, to a video ”Removing the Barriers to Deep Space Exploration”:

Removing the Barriers to Deep Space Exploration

Analogues – Preparing Robotic & Human Exploration on Moon:


Visions of human spaceflight and robotic exploration:

Visions of human spaceflight and robotic exploration

Designing Robots For Future Space Exploration:

Designing Robots For Future Space Exploration

I would like to finish this article by sharing that my name is on the Rover that will visit Mars. Yes, that is right.

Which means that I will be there before many of you already. =)

Written by Veronica Chiaravalli