The rover Adam ("Advanced Demonstrator for Autonomous Mobility") is the
first outdoor robot of the Robotics and AI group. As you can guess, he is at the origin of the
definition of the EDEN project.
Adam has been conceived in the 70' at VNII
Transmach, in St Petersburg (actually Leningrad, at that time). It
has been imported in France by Matra Marconi Space and Framatome, and
was the demonstrator of the EurÍka project AMR until 1993, when it was
let to LAAS. During three years, Adam was the support of our
developments on autonomous navigation. We equipped it with a home made
2-axis laser range finder (that took about three minutes to scan a
100x100 range image !), and developped some terrain modeling
functionalities, localisation and path planning methods.
Several "stop, look and move" demonstrations have been performed on our
experimental test site and on the Geroms test site with Adam (a video
can be seen here).
The 2-axis range finder
Adam on Geroms
Adam was quite like a dinosaur: it was heavy, slow, not very clever, and
it actually disappeared (in 1996). Some technical details can be seen here.
A "brother" of Adam has been used as teleoperated vehicles right after
the Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986 (this is briefly mentionned here - no
pictures of the robot seems to be available on the web).