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Antonio Diaz-Calderon
Member of Technical Staff
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Dr. Antonio Diaz-Calderon is a Senior Member of Technical Staff with the Mobility and Manipulation Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, where he has been since 2003. His current research activities focus on planetary manipulation, sample acquisition, and sample handling. His current flight activities include working as a rover driver for the Opportunity rover and as Spacecraft/Rover Engineer responsible for monitoring the health, safety and performance of the Mobility/Instrument Deploying Device component of the MER Spirit and Opportunity spacecraft during flight operations. Dr. Diaz-Calderon received the BSEE in 1987 and the M.S. in Computer Science in 1990 from Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico City, Mexico), and M.S. in 1993 in Engineering and Ph.D. in 2000 in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2000
  • M.Sc. Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1993
  • M.Sc. Computer Science, ITESM, 1990

  • Senior Member of Technical Staff, Mobility and Manipulation Group, JPL (2003-present).
  • Commercialization Specialist, National Robotics Engineering Consortium (2001-2003).
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, National Robotics Engineering Consortium (2000-2001).

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Flight Projects:
2011 - Mars Science Laboratory
2003 - Mars Exploration Rover

Research Tasks:
Very Rough Terrain Nonholonomic Trajectory Generation and Motion Planning for Planetary Rovers


Automated instrument placement from planetary landers and rover. Automated planetary manipulation for sample acquisition and handling, sensor fusion, state estimation, navigation/motion planning, position estimation/localization, and mapping.

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