NASA JPL senior engineer Dr. Eric Baumgartner will talk about his experience as lead Systems, Test, and Operations Engineer for the Mars Exploration Rover instrument deployment device—a 5 degree-of-freedom robot arm. During the Mars mission, Baumgartner served as Rover Opportunity’s planner. He built sequences that directed the rover and its arm from Earth. He’s now Project Element Manager for robotic sampling on the next Mars Rover mission in 2009. Baumgartner will discuss estimation algorithms for autonomous vehicles and vision-based techniques for precision robot manipulation.
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