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Andres Huertas
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Andres Huertas was born in Colombia. In the 60s he got his first model of the Saturn V booster from his uncle, a NASA/AMES neurosurgeon, who studied and instrumented the brains of chimpanzes prior to human moon flights.
Andres attended La Universidad de Los Andes where he studied Systems and Computer Engineering. His thesis there dealt with the process of acquiring language (sensation and word associations) in human babies. The basic 26-neuron element incorpoprates in a two-imput, two-output, two reverberating paths, the necessary timming, reinforcement and memories needed. Words can evoke sensations and viceversa, in a process akin to instantiating an object in a hologram by shining the right light on it. This work earned him a fellowship to study artificial intelligence and work at the Image Processing Institute at USC in Los Angeles in 1976. After some time in Colombia where he was chief of the data processing section of the Ministry of Health he returned to USC to study Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation he joined the research staff at the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems where he remained until 2001. His work since 1978 dealt with computer vision research, sponsored by the 20-year DARPA Image Understanding Program. The research there dealt with all aspects of visual perception from low level vision to high-level contextual reasoning, with corresponding contributions to the literature. The systems he developed in LISP to automatically interpret and map cultural features from large single images, stereo pairs, and multiple-view aerial images were ported to several national labs and industrial sites for testing and evaluation. The more complex versions included information fusion from multiple sensors such as EO, SAR, IFSAR, DEMs and Hyperspectral. In 2002 he joined the Computer Vision Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to work on computer vision techniques for autonomous off-road navigation, and on techniques for hazard detection and safe landing of spacecraft on planetary surfaces.

Engineer, Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1984.
M.S. Computer Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1978.
B.S. Systems and Computing Engineering, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, 1974

* Image Processing Research. USC-IPI.
* Image Understanding Research. USC-IRIS.
* Industry Consulting:
Opti-Copy Inc. (Lenexa, KS) Computer Vision.
Snow Aviation Intl Inc. (Columbus, OH): Two-man, all-digital, fault-tolerant, multi-redundant, gracefully-degrading cockpit architecture for C-130 Hercules.

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Flight Projects:
2011 - Mars Science Laboratory

Human Visual Perception,
Machine Vision,
Perceptual Grouping.
Multi-sensory perception,
Visual information fusion.

* NASA -Space Act Award. Automatic Rock Detection and Mapping from HiRISE Imagery.
* Recipient, French Patent FR-2-632-097. Paris, 9 August 1990. A device for storage and retrieval of information organized in hierarchical tree structures. With J.L. Jezouin of Matra Systèmes, Paris, France.
* Recipient, Outstanding Paper Award, 1986 Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Miami, Florida, June 1986.
* Recipient, World Health Organization Fellowship. Geneva, Switzerland. 1976 -1978.

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