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Robotic Manipulation and Sampling Group
Khaled S. Ali, PhD
Member of Technical Staff
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Khaled S. Ali is a member of the Robotic Manipulation and Sampling group. He has worked on various space flight missions and research tasks since joining JPL in 1996. Dr. Ali is currently the Flight Software CogE for the Instrument Deployment Arm on the InSight mission.
Previously, Dr. Ali participated in operations for the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission as the Flight Software/Data Management Team Lead.
Dr. Ali managed the development of the current and previous versions of the flight software (FSW) for the MER rovers, and the validation of four new technologies that were added to the previous version of the MER Flight Software. He also served as a MER Rover Planner, driving the rover and operating the robotic arm. Dr. Ali wrote a variety of flight software for MER. He developed the low-level driver software which controls most of the sensors and propulsion hardware on the spacecrafts which carried the twin rovers to Mars. He also developed the software which determines and keeps track of the rovers orientation and position on Mars, as well as software that keeps a high-gain antenna pointed at Earth, facilitating communications with the rovers.
Furthermore, Dr. Ali participated in the Mars Polar Lander, and Mars 01 Lander flight missions. He was the Cognizant Engineer for the Spacecraft Surface Systems Software for the Lunar Surface Operations Testbed. He has participated in various robotics research tasks as well, including science instrument simulation, all-terrain rovers, visual target tracking, health-care robotics, and a robotic arm to perform plant micro-propagation. Also, Khaled lead the JPL side of an effort to form collaborations between JPL and the Norwegian energy industry.

Ph.D. in Computer Science (1999) from the Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S. in Computer Science (1995) from the Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics (1992) from Vanderbilt University

  • InSight Instrument Deployment Arm Flight Software Cognizant Engineer (2012 - present)
  • Cognizant Engineer for Spacecraft Surface Systems Software for the Lunar Surface Operations Testbed (2010 - 2011)
  • Mars Exploration Rover Operations (2003 - 2013)
    • Flight Software/Data Management Team Lead for Mars Exploration Rover Operations
    • Mars Exploration Rover Rover Planner
    • Lead the validation effort of the four new technologies added to the Mars Exploration Rover flight software version R9.2
    • Mars Exploration Rover Flight Software/Data Management Spacecraft/Rover Engineering Team Member
    • Mars Exploration Rover Mobility/Instrument Deployment Device Spacecraft/Rover Engineering Team Member
  • Mars Exploration Rover Flight Software Developer (2000 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2007 - 2009)
    • Manager of the Mars Exploration Rover flight software development for versions R9.2 and R9.3
    • Developer for most of the device drivers for the sensors and propulsion hardware on the Mars Exploration Rover spacecraft
    • Developer for Mars Exploration Rover surface attitude and position estimation software
    • Developer for Mars Exploration Rover high gain antenna pointing software
  • CLARAty Robotic Software Architecture Development (2006-2008, 2012)
  • Science Operations On Planetary Surfaces onboard software developer (2006 - 2007)
  • Visual Target Tracking Integrator (2005)
  • Software Developer for Reconfigurable Robotic Surface Systems for All Terrain Exploration (2000)
  • Software Developer for Plant Micro-Propagation Robotic Arm (2000)
  • Flight software integration for Mars 01 Lander (2000)
  • Mars Polar Lander MVACS Robotic Arm Operator (1999 - 2000)
  • Health Care Robotics Developer (1996)

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Flight Projects:
2003 - Mars Exploration Rover


Flight software, particularly related to robotics

  • Group Achievement Award to the MER Science and Operations Team for 10 years of sustained exploration and discovery on the surface of Mars, 2014
  • JPL Team Bonus Award for The MER Spirit Recovery Effort, 2011
  • JPL Team Bonus Award to the Lunar Sample Return Robotics Demonstration (LSRRD) Team for the technology development and successful demonstration of the Lunar Surface Operations Testbed (LSOT), 2011
  • Team Bonus Award for Spirit Amnesia Investigation and Resolution, 2010
  • Team Bonus Award for Spirit 4th Winter Survival Preparations, 2010
  • NASA Group Achievement Award to the MER R9.3 Flight Software Team, 2010
  • Group Achievement Award to the MER Spirit Dust Storm Survival Team, 2010
  • JPL Bonus Award and Section award for work on MER FSW R9.3, 2009
  • JPL Bonus Award for participation on the MER 2008 Solar Conjunction Team, 2009
  • NASA Honor Award Medal (Exceptional Achievement Medal) for leadership and effective collaborative oversight of the technology infusion of new autonomy software into the MER flight software, 2008
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for MER 3rd and 4th Extended Mission Team, 2008
  • MER Project Certificate of Achievement for Flight Software R9.3 Development, Testbed Training, and Leadership of the FSW Update, and for Support of the IDD Post-stall Safety Study, 2008
  • MER Project Certificate of Achievement for Excellence as a Rover Planner and for Leadership in the Areas of Flight Software, Data Management, SAPP, and Testbeds, 2008
  • NASA Inventions and Contibutions Board Space Act Award for MER Visual Target Tracking, 2007.
  • Mariner Bonus Award from MER project for various work on MER, 2007.
  • NASA Inventions and Contibutions Board Major Space Act Award for MER FSW development, 2007.
  • Level C Award for leading the MER FSW R9.2 development effort, 2006.
  • Spot Bonus Award for leading the MER FSW R9.2 development effort, 2006.
  • Team Bonus Award for successful flight code development and validation of autonomy algorithms for the MER mission, July 2006
  • NASA Tech Brief Award for MER HGA FSW, April 2006.
  • NASA Inventions and Contributions Board Award for MER HGA FSW, February 2006.
  • NASA Tech Brief Award for MER SAPP FSW, November 2005.
  • NASA Inventions and Contributions Board Space Act Award for MER SAPP FSW, July 2005.
  • NASA Certificate of Recognition for work on MER SAPP FSW, June 2005.
  • Team Bonus Award for participation in Mars Rover Opportunity Dune Escape Team, June 2005.
  • Team Bonus Award for extra work regarding MER FSW R9.1 Regression Testing, June 2005.
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for the MER Second Extended Mission Team, March 2005.
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for the MER First Extended Mission Team, March 2005.
  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Arab Student Organization Arab American Science and Technology Achievement Award, October 2004.
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for the Mars Exploration Rover Project Operations Team, May 2004.
  • Mars Exploration Rover Project Certificate of Recognition, May 2004
  • Mars Exploration Rover Project Certificate of Recognition, August 2003
  • NASA Certificate of Recognition for Multi-Media Operator Interface for Assistive Robotics, 1997.

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