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James Montgomery
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Biography (more>>)
James Montgomery is a Senior Member of Technical Staff at JPL and is a member of the Robotic Software Systems Group (3472) in the Mobility and Robotic Systems Section. He has more than 10 years of experience in mobile robotics research and development and over 20 years of experience in software systems development for engineering applications, primarily in the fields of real-time embedded control, and signal and image processing. Since joining JPL, he has led the design, development and field testing of the JPL Autonomous Helicopter Testbed. He has also been involved in numerous technology development tasks for ground and aerial robots as well as planetary landing systems.

Education (more>>)
Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Southern California, 1999
M.S., Computer Science, University of Southern California, 1992
B.S., (with distinction), Computer Science, University of Michigan, 1986

Professional Experience (more>>)
Senior Member Technical Staff, Robotics Software Systems Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, 8/05-present

Senior Member Technical Staff, Machine Vision Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, 10/00-8/05

Staff Engineer, Raytheon Company, El Segundo, CA, 3/97-10/00

Staff Engineer, Hughes Aircraft Company, El Segundo, CA, 2/87-3/97

Co-op/Internship Student, Hughes Aircraft Company, El Segundo, CA, summers '84, '85, '86

Research Interests (more>>)
Developing and field-testing autonomy technologies that enable advanced capabilities for ground and aerial robots as well as planetary landing systems. Past and current research includes safe, precise and pin-point landing on planetary bodies, guidance and control of aerial robots (helicopters and aerobots) and performance evaluation and validation of rover mobility algorithms

Selected Publications (more>>)

J.F. Montgomery, A.E. Johnson, L.H. Matthies and S.I. Roumeliotis, "The JPL Autonomous Helicopter Testbed: A Platform for Planetary Exploration Technology Research and Development," Journal of Field Robotics (accepted), 2006.

A. Elfes, J.F. Montgomery, J.L. Hall, S.S. Joshi, J. Payne and C.F. Bergh, "Autonomous Flight Control for a Titan Exploration Aerobot," In 8th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space, September 2005.

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

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