Robotics for Aircraft Inspection

Two projects in Robotics for (Aging) Aircraft Inspection are underway in the Measurement and Control Laboratory. One focuses primarily on a robot ("ANDI") for deployment of an eddy current sensor; this project is conducted in cooperation with the Carnegie Mellon Research Institute (CMRI), and is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The second focuses primarily on 3D-stereoscopic video systems for enhanced remote inspection, secondarily on robots for deployment of these inspection aids; it is conducted in cooperation with Aircraft Diagnostics Corporation (ADC) and sponsored by the Ben Franklin Technolgy Center of Western Pennsylvania.

Most of ANDI's papers can be found here, and a picture of ANDI on an Eastern Airlines DC-9 at Sandia's AANC in Albuquerque NM.

An ANDI article in FORTUNE magazine [May 3, 1993].

A link will eventually appear here pointing to more information about these projects. In the meantime, please see Mel Siegel's home page via the link below; it contains some additional discussion, and links to the text of some papers we have published on the subject.

Mel Siegel's hompage
Measurement and Control Lab
The Robotics Institute
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University