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Dr. Vandi Verma Tompkins
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Vandi Verma Tompkins is interested in the development of closed-loop control software, including fault diagnosis and recovery, for robotic space exploration. She is a rover driver for the Mars Exploration Rovers, which includes mobility and robotic arm operation on Mars. She is working on the development of the Mars Science Laboratory flight mission and will be a rover driver for the Curiosity rover on successful landing. 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. Prior to joining JPL she was a research scientist in the Intelligent Systems division at NASA Ames Research Center.

Current projects:
Mars Science Laboratory
Mars Exploration Rover

Previous projects:
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:
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

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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