Thibault Lacourtablaise (cohort student representative)
Research project title:
Manipulation of uncooperative objects in zero-gravity with modular self-reconfigurable robots.
The goal of my research is to investigate how to use modular self-reconfigurable robots for the manipulation and attitude control of random-shape uncooperative objects in zero-gravity. It will mainly attempt to achieve control through mass deployment and energy transfers between the object and the robot. The main design approach for both the controller and the body itself will be through evolution in particular body and brain coevolution.
Broadly speaking swarm, reconfigurable and evolutionary robotics with a special interest for space applications.