Featuring Dr. Issa Nesnas
Saturday, February 27
11:30AM - 1:30PM
Arab American Community Center
907 S Beach Blvd, Anaheim CA 92804-398
Tickets: $25 Non-Member / $20 Member / $15 Student
Free ticket with on-site membership registration
11:30 Registration and Networking
11:45 Lunch and Networking
12:00 Opening Remarks by AAAEA-CA President, Adel Hagekhalil
12:15 Membership Contribution
12:30 Speaker Presentation, Dr. Issa Nesnas
Dr. Issa Nesnas is a principal technologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and supervisor of the Robotic Mobility group. He leads research in extreme terrain and microgravity mobility. Prior to that, he led a multi-center project for developing robotic autonomy software. He also contributed to developments in autonomous rover navigation and visual target tracking and participated in the development of the Curiosity rover. He received a B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1991, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in robotics from the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Notre Dame in 1993 and 1995 respectively.
Planetary Robotic Exploration: Mobility and Autonomy The success of the Mars rovers has provided a wealth of information leading to major scientific discoveries. Planetary mobility has proved to be an invaluable tool of surface exploration, complementing orbital observations. In this talk, Dr. Nesnas will provide an overview of robotic mobility for a range of planetary bodies such as the Moon, Mars, asteroids and comets. He will highlight advances in robotic autonomy that have contributed to the success of the Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity rovers. Advances in robotic mobility and sampling would enable future access to extreme terrains such as crater walls, gullies, and skylights as well as provide mobility on small bodies. He will share results from recent rover field tests and flight experiments toward such future exploration.