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Matthew DiCicco
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Matt DiCicco is a member of technical staff at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a member of the Mobility and Manipulation group within the Mobility and Robotic Systems section.

He received a masters degree from MIT in 2005 where he studied high power robotic manipulators for the Navy. His research focused on designing and analyzing an interface whereby operators interact directly with the end-effector of a large, powerful robot arm.

Before MIT, Matt received a BS from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003, focusing in Mechanical Engineering but also receiving a minor in Robotics. While at CMU, he was involved in a project to restore rudimentary functionality to the limbs of quadriplegics through the use of robotic technologies.

Matt takes inspiration from the simplicity and effectiveness with which humans move about in and interact with the real world. Through his work at JPL he works towards realizing improved manipulation and mobility through research tasks and flight projects.

Currently he is working on simulation software and hardware testing for the Mars Science Laboratory rover mission.

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - MIT, 2005
Thesis Title: "Force Control of Heavy Lift Manipulators for High Precision Insertion Tasks."
Advisor: Prof. Steven Dubowsky

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with Robotics Minor - Carnegie Mellon, 2003
Thesis Title: "A Muscle Controlled Orthotic Exoskeleton for the Hand"
Advisor: Prof. Yoky Matsuoka

JPL - Member of Technical Staff
September 2007 to Present
JPL - Associate Member of Technical Staff
June 2005 to September 2007

Experience Prior to JPL:
Research Assistant - The Field and Space Robotics Laboratory, MIT
Research Assistant - The Neurobotics Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute
Concepts Development Engineer - The US Army TAACOM-ARDEC (Picatinny Arsenal)

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Flight Projects:
2011 - Mars Science Laboratory


Control system design and analysis
Kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms
Simulation and visualization
Manipulator kinematics and control
Teleoperation and force control
Vision guided manipulation
Concepts development

2008:
Mariner Award for NavSim

2007:
NASA Inventions and Contributions Board for EPEC
MSL Team Award - SSE Software Team

2006:
NASA Space Act Award for EPEC

2003:
1st Place, Carnegie Mellon Meeting of the Minds - CIT Honors Poster Competition

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