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Andrew E. Johnson
Principal Member of Technical Staff
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Biography (more>>)
Dr. Andrew E. Johnson graduated with Highest Distinction from the University of Kansas in 1991 with a BS in Engineering Physics and a BS in Mathematics. In 1997, he received his Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University where he developed the spin-image surface signature for object recognition and surface matching. Currently, he is a Principal Member of Technical Staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he is developing image-based techniques for autonomous navigation and mapping during descent to planets moons, comets and asteroids. At JPL, Dr. Johnson has worked on technology development tasks as well as flight projects. For the Mars Exploration Rover Project, Dr. Johnson was the lead algorithm developer for the Descent Image Motion Estimation Subsystem (DIMES), the first autonomous machine vision system used during planetary landing. In 2002, Dr. Johnson was awarded the JPL Lew Allen Award for Excellence.

Education (more>>)
Ph.D. Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997
M.S. Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 1995
B.S. Engineering Physics, University of Kansas (with Highest Distinction), 1991
B.S. Mathematics, University of Kansas (with Highest Distinction, with Honors), 1991

Professional Experience (more>>)
Machine Vision Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, 10/97-present
Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 8/91-9/97
Cambridge Research Center, DEC, Cambridge, MA, 6/95-9/95, 6/96-8/96
Center for Light Microscope Imaging and Biotechnology, Pittsburgh, PA, 6/92-8/92
Exxon Production Research, Houston, TX, 5/90-8/90

Research Interests (more>>)
Safe and Precise Planetary Landing
Small Body Navigation
Surface Rover Navigation
3D Modeling
Object Recognition

Selected Publications (more>>)

Andrew E. Johnson, James F. Montgomery and Larry H. Matthies, "Vision Guided Landing of an Autonomous Helicopter in Hazardous Terrain," IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation, 2005.

Y. Cheng, J Goguen, A. Johnson, C. Leger, L. Matthies, M. SanMartin and R. Willson, "The Mars Exploration Rovers Descent Image Motion Estimation System," IEEE Intelligent Systems 19 (3), 2004, 13-21. (Link)

Andrew E. Johnson, Allan Klumpp, James Collier and Aron Wolf, "Lidar-based Hazard Avoidance for Safe Landing on Mars," AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics 25 (5), October 2002.

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