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Richard Volpe, PhD
Section Manager
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Biography (more>>)
Richard Volpe is Manager of the Mobility and Robotic Systems Section (347) of the Autonomous Systems Division. The section is a team of over 80 robotics engineers doing research and spaceflight implementation of robotic systems for Roving, Digging, Ballooning, Drilling, and other modes of in-situ planetary exploration.

Additionally, Richard is a member of JPLs Science and Technology Management Committee (STMC), and has been a member of the 2007 Phoenix Mission Robotic Arm Team.

From 2001 through 2004, Richard served as the manager of Mars Regional Mobility and Subsurface Access in JPLs Space Exploration Technology Program Office. In addition to guiding technology development for future robotic exploration of Mars and the Moon, he has been actively involved in 2003 & 2011 rover mission development, and 2007 lander mission operations. This has included managing internal JPL rover technology development, as well as external university research funded by the Mars Technology Program.

Education (more>>)
Ph.D. in Applied Physics (1990) from CMU
M.S. in Physics (1986) from CMU
B.S. in Physics (1984) from Loyola College MD

Professional Experience (more>>)
Section Manager Mobility and Robotics Systems (2004-present)
Robotics Program Manager Mars Technology Program (2001-2004)
System Engineer Athena Rover Project (1998-2001)

Research Interests (more>>)
Natural terrain mobile robots, real-time sensor-based control, manipulation, robot design, software architecture, and path planning.

Selected Publications (more>>)

R. Volpe, "2012 Robotics Activities at JPL," International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS), Turin, Italy, 5 September 2012.

R. Arvidson, R. Bonitz, M. Robinson, J. Carsten, R. Volpe, A. Trebi-Ollennu, et al., "Results From The Mars Phoenix Lander Robotic Arm Experiment," Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 114, E00E02, doi:10.1029/2009JE003408, October 2009.

R. Volpe, "Navigation Results from Desert Field Tests of the Rocky 7 Mars Rover Prototype," International Journal of Robotics Research, Special Issue on Field and Service Robots, 18(7), July 1999.

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