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Member of:
Robot Operations Group
Dr. Vandi Verma
Member of Technical Staff
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Vandi Verma is interested in the development of robotic and autonomy flight software for space exploration, and in driving and operating rovers on other planets.
She is working on the development of the Sample Caching System for the Mars 2020 rover, and is on the flight software team for the Europa mission. She worked on the development of the Curiosity rover, and has been a rover driver for Curiosity since landing.
Previously she worked on the Mars Exploration Rovers. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Ph.D. in Robotics in 2005. Her research resulted in computationally efficient particle filter based methods for non-parametric state estimation, with a focus on robot fault detection and classification.

Current projects:
Mars 2020 Rover
Europa Mission
Mars Science Laboratory Rover
Previous projects:
Mars Exploration Rover
Autonomy and Robotics, NASA Ames:
PLan Interchange Execution Language (PLEXIL), project lead
Autonomous site survey at Haughton crater
Desert RATS robotic EVA inspection
Autonomy for crewed operations
Carnegie Mellon University:
Life in Atacama
Sun-synchronous navigation
Icebraker Lunar Rover Initiative
Robotic Antarctic Meteorite Search

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Flight Projects:
2020 - Mars 2020 Rover
2011 - Mars Science Laboratory
2003 - Mars Exploration Rover

Technical Program Committee Robotics: Science and Systems Conference, June 2009.
Technical Program Committee Twenty-first International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-09), July 2009.
Closed-loop control software, including fault diagnosis and recovery
Reasoning under uncertainty
Robots for extreme environments
Aerial vehicles

MSL Prime Mission Science and Operations Team Group Achievement Award 2015
NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, NASA Honors Award 2014
NASA Software of the Year Award, Mars Science Laboratory Flight Software Team 2013
MSL Motor Control Team, NASA Honors Award 2013
MSL Surface Sampling and Science Systems Team, NASA Honors Award 2013
MSL Project Operations Team, NASA Honors Award 2013
MSL Testbed + Simulation Support Equipment Team, NASA Honors Award 2013
MSL Flight Software Team, NASA Honors Award 2013
Opportunity Long-Distance Driving Award, 2011
Opportunity Distance Driving Award, 2010
MER Electro-mechanical Failure Mitigation Team Award, 2010
Opportunity IDD Joint + RAT Encoder Failure Mitigation Team Award, 2009
MSL Rover Motion Control Assembly EM Delivery Team Award, 2009
NASA Earth Science & Technology Directorate team award for Intelligent Autonomy Technology Transition Team, 2008
NASA group achievement award for Human-Robot Site Survey Project Team, 2007
NASA group achievement award for Robotic Inspection at Meteor Crater, 2006
USRA-RIACS SSRP Scholarship, 2001 & 2000
Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship, 2001
Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Fellowship, 1998-2004
First place, Mobile Robot Programming Contest, CMU, 1997

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