In my current capacity as a Senior Robotics Engineer with the JPL Robotic Vehicles Group, I direct engineering activities for robotics technology development. I also develop autonomous control and navigation algorithms, software, and systems for planetary rover research and flight projects. Recently, I served as Lead Systems Engineer for the Field Integrated Design and Operations (FIDO) rover technology task. My current assignments include the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) flight project, Task Manager for a study on disseminating NASA robotics software to universities, and a study on future large space telescope technology. For the Mars Exploration Rover mission, I serve as a Flight Systems Engineer specializing in surface mobility & autonomous navigation, and on the surface operations Spacecraft/Rover Engineering Team as leader of the mobility and robotic manipulation subsystem.
My research interests include mobile robot navigation, autonomous control, cooperative robotics, and applications of fuzzy logic and other soft computing techniques to intelligent control systems synthesis. Thus far, I have authored over 75 journal, book chapter, and conference publications in these areas. I am a member of several professional societies including Senior Member of IEEE and member of NSBE, AAAI, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, and the New York Academy of Sciences. I am also an Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member of two international engineering journals.