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Robotic Surface Mobility Group

Benjamin Hockman
Robotics Technologist
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Biography (more>>)
Ben Hockman is a Robotics Technologist at JPL in the Robotic Mobility Group. He received is PhD from Stanford University in June 2018, supervised by Prof. Marco Pavone in the Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics. As lead engineer on the “Hedgehog” project, Ben’s graduate work focused on the design, control, and autonomy for the robotic exploration of small solar system bodies, such as asteroids and comets.

Education (more>>)
Ph.D. Aeronautics and Astronautics
Stanford University [2018]

M.S. Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University [2015]

B.S. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Delaware [2013]

Research Interests (more>>)
- Autonomous exploration of small bodies
- Planning and decision making for highly stochastic systems
- Mobility in microgravity and extreme terrain
- Dynamic grasping of free-floating objects
- Localization of sensor-deprived robots

Selected Publications (more>>)

B. Hockman, R. G. Reid, I. A. D. Nesnas, and M. Pavone, "Gravimetric Localization on the Surface of Small Bodies," IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2018.

B. Hockman and M. Pavone, "Stochastic Motion Planning for Hopping Rovers on Small Solar System Bodies," Int. Symp. on Robotics Research, 2017.

B. Hockman, A. Frick, I. A. D. Nesnas, and M. Pavone, "Design, Control, and Experimentation of Internally-Actuated Rovers for the Exploration of Low-Gravity Planetary Bodies," Journal of Field Robotics, vol. 34, no. 1, 2016, 5-24. (PDF File)

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