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Robotic Actuation and Sensing Group

Jaakko Karras
Robotics Electrical Engineer
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Biography (more>>)
Jaakko Karras received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, where he worked on tactile sensing for origami-inspired legged robots under the guidance of Prof. Ron Fearing. Prior to Berkeley, he attended Harvey Mudd College, graduating with a B.S. in Engineering (with emphases in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science). Jaakko has developed electronics and software for robotic systems on both flight and research projects. He has also led development of the JPL PUFFER pop-up rover technology. Jaakko is currently working on the Mars Helicopter and Autonomous PUFFER projects.

Education (more>>)
M.S. Electrical Engineering, UC Berkeley, 2013
B.S. Engineering, Harvey Mudd College, 2010

Professional Experience (more>>)
2014 – Present: Robotics Electrical Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Current JPL Roles:
* Mars Helicopter – Avionics and Motor Control
* Autonomous PUFFER – Deputy Project Manager

Sep 2013 – Feb 2014: Robotics Intern, HRL Laboratories

Aug 2010 – Aug 2013: Graduate Research Asst., Dept. of EECS, UC Berkeley

Research Interests (more>>)
Folding Robots, Motor Control, Sensing and Perception, Embedded Systems (Hardware and Software)

Selected Publications (more>>)

J.T. Karras, C.L. Fuller, K.C. Carpenter, A. Buscicchio, D. McKeeby, C.J. Norman, C.E. Parcheta, I. Davydychev, R.S. Fearing, "Pop-up Mars Rover with Textile-Enhanced Rigid-Flex PCB Body," IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2017.

D.W. Haldane, C.S. Casarez, J.T. Karras, J. Lee, C. Li, A.O. Pullin, E.W. Schaler, D. Yun, H. Ota, A. Javey, R.S. Fearing, "Integrated Manufacture of Exoskeletons and Sensing Structures for Folded Millirobots," J. Mechanisms Robotics, 2015.

J.T. Karras, D.W. Haldane, R.S. Fearing, "Rapid-Manufacturable Hair Sensor Array for Legged Millirobots," IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Robots and Systems, 2012.

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