I am the Group Leader for the Perception Systems group, Mobility and Robotics section at NASA JPL, Pasadena, CA (see my JPL Homepage). I am a visiting researcher in the Systems and Modeling Group (University of Liège, Belgium) and in the Computer Vision and Active Perception lab (KTH Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm, Sweden). My research interests include robot learning, autonomous grasping, manipulation and mobility, computer vision, and machine learning. At JPL, I am the machine-vision lead for the Mars Sample Return surface-mission technology development program, and I conduct research in autonomous robot manipulation and mobility for Mars, Europa, Enceladus, and terrestrial applications.
I regularly serve as associate editor for IROS, ICRA, and as reviewer for TRO, RAS, RSS and AURO.
I will give a virtual talk at the NeurIPS 2020 workshop on AI for Earth Sciences on Dec 12. Title: Autonomous Robot Manipulation for Planetary Science: Mars Sample Return, Climbing Lava Tubes.
Our ICRA 2020 in-space assembly workshop has moved to IROS, due to the pandemic. Virtual contributions are now welcome: RIMSAS 2020 – Robotic In-Situ Manufacturing, Structural Assembly And Servicing
Our ICRA 2020 workshop RIMSAS 2020 – Robotic In-Situ Manufacturing, Structural Assembly And Servicing has been accepted!
The InVADER website is live:
InVADER will study underwater hydrothermal systems at Axial Seamount, the largest and most active volcano on western boundary of the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate off the coast of Oregon. The vents at the Axial Seamount generate chemical energy which can sustain life, and are high-fidelity analogues to putative vent systems on Ocean Worlds.
Beautiful video of a field test we ran in Death Valley last December:
Giving a talk at RSS Workshop on Scalable Learning for Integrated Perception and Planning.
Giving a talk at Samsung AI NYC.
NASA PSTAR proposal selected and fully funded!
Our robot will study hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, with instruments that reveal vent structure and chemical/biological composition.
This technique will ultimately enable the search for alien life inside the subsurface oceans of Europa and Enceladus – Jupiter and Saturn's icy moons.
"In-situ Vent Analysis Divebot for Exobiology Research!"
Presenting our work on task-oriented grasping and semantic scene understanding for planetary exploration at the Deep Learning Summit San Francisco!
A pleasure to visit ATR again!
Presenting our paper Turbid-water Subsea Infrastructure 3D Reconstruction with Assisted Stereo at IEEE Oceans 2018 in Kobe!
Our paper Task-oriented Grasping with Semantic and Geometric Scene Understanding received the Best Paper Award on Cognitive Robotics at IROS 2017!
Moved to NASA/JPL.
New demo: clearing up a table autonomously, using a grasp model that the robot has learn via demonstration.
Best Reviewer Award at ICRA
Very interesting visits to KIT Karlsruhe and MPI Tübingen this week. Thanks a lot Tamim and Alex Herzog!
Our robot manipulation platform at ULg: Universal Robots arm, Robotiq gripper, ATI F/T sensor, two Kinects, and homemade aluminum structure.
Thanks everyone for a great morning at IROS/TRS2014!
Thanks everyone for a great day at ICRA/AG&M2014!
Teaching-robotics.org is now online! Contact me if you would like to share teaching material. Take a look at TRS: An Open-source Recipe for Teaching/Learning Robotics with a Simulator!
Upcoming tutorial at IROS 2014 in Chicago: TRS 2014 – An Open-source Recipe for Teaching/Learning Robotics with a Simulator, setup a laptop in 5 minutes, write a control, navigation, vision or manipulation program in 100 lines of code. With Peter Corke and Marc Freese.
At ROSEC 2014 in Seoul, giving a tutorial on robot grasping.
Thanks everyone for a great day at IROS/CRS2013!
New robotics course this semester at the University of Liège!
Join us at our workshop on cognitive systems (CRS 2013) at IROS. If there is an issue that you would like to discuss during the panel discussion, send it to us and we'll try to bring it up. See discussion questions on the CRS webpage.
New video on part-based grasp transfer! Check it out here.