Welcome

The Estimation, Search, and Planning (ESP) research group is a member of the Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI). We motivate a knowledge-based approach to research by taking on challenging, real-world robotic problems. We do this to test our solutions and force us to understand the fundamental challenges of next-generation robots.

Please have a look around our website to find out more about who we are and what we do. You may also be interested in our YouTube channel.

Recent News

ESP in the Mojave Desert

Jon and Marlin just returned from a successful field test in the Mojave desert where they were evaluating path planning techniques for complex terrain. They were working with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Robotic Surface Mobility group on the Axel/DuAxel rover platform. You can see photos of everyone's great work here.
The Axel tethered-rover prototype descending a slope in the Mojave Desert.
The Axel tethered-rover prototype descending a slope in the Mojave Desert.

ESP @ NASA JPL

Jon and Marlin are in California for an analogue mission in the Mojave desert with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). They will be testing some new path planning techniques designed specifically for complex and challenging autonomy problems.
Jon and Marlin with the engineering model of the Curiosity rover.
Jon and Marlin with the engineering model of the Curiosity rover.
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