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Max Bajracharya
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Max Bajracharya is a senior member of the Mobility and Manipulation Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. His research focuses on applications of computer vision to autonomous mobile robots in unstructured environments. His current work includes vision-guided manipulation, learning terrain classification, autonomous instrument/tool placement, coordinated arm/vehicle tool control, and person detection. Max received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from MIT in 2001.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
  • M.Eng., EE/CS, 2001
  • B.S., EE/CS, 2001

  • Senior Technical Staff Member, JPL
    Mobility and Manipulation Group
  • Principle investigator/task manager for various research tasks funded by NASA, DARPA, and U.S. Army sponsors
  • Experience in developing, fielding, and successfully transitioning vision-based manipulation, visual target tracking, and person detection algorithms from technology development programs to NASA space exploration missions and Army system development programs.
  • Experience in developing and fielding learning-based terrain classification, human detection, and manipulator tool/end-effector placement, control, and vehicle coordination in outdoor terrain.
  • Cognizant engineer, CLARAty (2004)

  • Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

    Flight Projects:
    2003 - Mars Exploration Rover

    Research Tasks:
    DRC - DARPA Robotics Challenge (Track B)
    Human Detection
    Learning Perception for Autonomous Navigation
    Perception System Design for FCS ANS
    SCAIP: Integrated System for Single Command Approach and Instrument Placement


    Applications of computer vision to autonomous robotic mobility and manipulation, particularly in unstructured and dynamic environments. Vision-guided manipulation, learning terrain classification, autonomous instrument/tool placement, coordinated arm/vehicle tool control, and person detection.

  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MER Extended Mission Team, 2008
  • Best paper award, Advanced Robotics journal, Robotics Society of Japan, 2007
  • Mars Exploration Program Team Award, flight code development of autonomy algorithms, 2006

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