Qualification: 
M.Tech, BS
mayamenon@am.amrita.edu

Maya Menon currently serves as Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus. She completed her undergraduate in Computer Science from Arizona State University, USA in 2010 and Masters in Robotics and Automation from Amrita Viswa Vidyapeetham, India in 2016. Prior to joining Amrita, Maya worked as a Software Consultant and Project Manager at CA Technologies in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA and is a PMP-certified professional.

Publications

Publication Type: Conference Proceedings

Year of Publication Title

2017

A. Suresh, Ajithkumar, N., Kalathil, S. T., Simon, A., Unnikrishnan, V. J., Mathew, D. P., Basil, P., Dutt, K., Udupa, G., Hariprasad, C. M., Maya Menon, Balakrishnan, A., Ramachandran, R., Murali, A., and Shankar, B., “An Advanced Spider-Like Rocker-Bogie Suspension System for Mars Exploration Rovers”, Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications 4, Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series, vol. 447. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 423-447, 2017.[Abstract]


This paper describes the working of the system design for the Mars rover. The rover, developed to compete in the Mars Society's University Rover Challenge 2015, was designed to perform various tasks such as site survey, sample return, equipment servicing, and astronaut assistance in a Mars-like landscape of dry, non-vegetated, rocky terrain. The complete design features a bioinspired eight-wheeled drive mechanism, an integrated robotic arm along with a stereo vision technique for advanced image processing. This paper focuses on the drive mechanism of the rover design. The 8-wheeled rover combines the rocker-bogie mechanism with four rocker wheels and four spider-leg wheels. The spider legs ensure that it can traverse over heights greater than the chassis height, which could be three times as much as the diameter of the wheels. NASA's current rover can only traverse a height twice the diameter of the wheel. Additionally, the wheels are actuator-powered, and hence, the slope of the rover can be adjusted in such a way that it does not topple for a wide range of inclination allowing the rover to traverse over highly rugged terrain. The rover design can be modified for many applications notably the exploration of alien planets, deep sea trench, and other environments where human exploration is almost impossible. This effort to make the rover mechanism more efficient may one day be instrumental in detecting life and many such possibilities, in Mars and other planets.

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Publication Type: Conference Paper

Year of Publication Title

2016

Maya Menon, Udupa, G., Nair, G. J., and Rao R. Bhavani, “Localization and Mapping Using Statistical Image Processing Methods”, in International Conference on Advancements in Automation Robotics and Sensing (ICAARS), India, 2016.

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Title

2015

A. S, VJ, U., Kalathil, S. T., Simon, A., CM, H., Mathew, D. P., Maya Menon, Basil, P., Ramachandran, R., Sengar, A., Balakrishnan, A., Dutt, K., Murali, A., Tilak, C. Krishna, Suresh, A., Suresh, A., B. Shankar, and Dr. Ganesh Udupa, “Design and Development of an Intelligent Rover for Mars Exploration (Updated)”, The Mars Society with permission, 2015.[Abstract]


The paper describes various issues faced by rover in an alien environment and attempts to solve each of them using innovative design modifications. The rover features a bioinspired eight-wheeled drive mechanism, an integrated robotic arm and a stereo vision technique for advanced image processing. The system control, for both the rover as well the robotic arm, is done using microcontrollers and microprocessors such as Arduino, Intel NUC, and Raspberry Pi. Inspired from nature, a reflex mechanism has also been integrated into the rover design to minimize damage, by automated safety reflexes. The arm is so designed to switch between three different end effectors depending upon the task to be performed. The 8-wheeled rover combines the rocker bogie mechanism and four rocker wheels and four spider-leg wheels. The spider-legs ensures that it can traverse over a considerable height greater than the chassis height which could be as much as thrice the diameter of the wheels, whereas the current NASAS curiosity rocker bogie system can only traverse over a height twice the diameter of the wheel. Additionally, as they are actuatorpowered, the slope of the rover can be adjusted in such a way that it does not topple for a wide range of inclination and allows the rover to traverse over highly rugged terrain. It provides a large amount of traction with the ground even in terrains where there is a negative slope or vertical drop of around 1m using a springdamper suspension mechanism whereas the rocker bogie mechanism provides traction only due to its body weight The Rover finds applications in the exploration of other planets, deep sea vents

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