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Benjamin Morrell, PhD
Robotics Technologist
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Biography (more>>)
Benjamin Morrell is a Robotics Technologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, working on autonomous navigation technology for robots flying, exploring underground and in space. He is the perception lead on team CoSTAR (costar.jpl.nasa.gov), a collaboration between JPL, MIT and Caltech competing in the DARPA Subterranean Challenge (subtchallenge.com), with a focus on global localization and mapping, as well as detection and location of objects of interest. Ben is also working on autonomous approach to small bodies (comets and asteroids), focusing on visual-based relative localization. Previous projects have also include robotic aerial inspection of the inside of oil tanks, supporting the development of software for an autonomous blimp, and surrogate drone for visual survey of tank walls.

Education (more>>)
• PhD, University of Sydney - 2014-2018
• Bachelors Aeronautical (Space) Engineering, University of Sydney - 2010-2013 (graduated with university medal)

Professional Experience (more>>)
• Post-doctoral Researcher at JPL, Aug 2018 - Apr 2019
• Visiting Student Researcher at JPL, Apr 2017 - Dec 2017
• Robotics Engineer, Navigation at Service Robotics Technology (SRT), part-time Dec 2015 - Dec 2017

Research Interests (more>>)
• Localization and mapping in perceptually degraded environments
• Autonomous vision-based systems for Relative localization to comets and asteroids.
• Trajectory optimization and control for high speed flight of quadrotors.
• Novel sensing modalities for state estimation at high speeds and challenging visual environments.

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