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Robot Interfaces and Visualization Group

Jeng Yen, PhD
Group Supervisor
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I have been developing and implementing computational methods for multibody systems for 18 years. Joined JPL at 1998 as a member of technical staff, Ive sucessfully developed rover models and simulation methods used for MER surface operation and Rover Analysis Modeling and Simulation (ROAMS) software.

Started at 1987, I developed a class of numerical integration algorithm for the real-time driving simulator in the University of Iowa, later implemnted the numerical integration to support the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) at the universitys research park. After graduated from the Applied Math. program, I joined Comupter Adied Design Software Inc. (CADSI), where I implemented and developed new computational methods for the vehicle system design and simulation. At 1993, I joined Army High Performance Computing Reserach Center (AHPCRC) at the University of Minnesota at Twin City. My reserach is focused on the computational methods for highly oscillatory dynamic systems in the next four years at the center. In the meantime, I also served as a reserach faculty at the Automotive Research Center of University of Michigan. From 1996-98, I led the project to create a simulation of Ford automotive assembling line. This project was awarded by Engineering Animation Inc. (EAI) at Ames Iowa. At the same time, I also led another project for modeling and simulation of Armys track vehciles at United Defense, LP in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ph. D in Applied Math. And Computational Sciences, minor in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1990.

M.S. in Mathematics, Iowa City, Iowa, 1987.

B.S. in Mathematics, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, 1983.

1997-98: Project Manager, Applied Mechanics Dept., United Defense, LP, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1996-98: Project Manager, Engineering Animation Inc., Ames, Iowa.

1994-97: Research Faculty, Army High Performance Computing Research Center, University of Minnesota at Twin City, Minnesota.

1993-96: Research Faculty, Automotive Research Center, University of Michigan.

1990-94: Sr. Software Engineer, Compute Aided Design Software, Inc., Coralville, Iowa.

1990-1994: Research Associate, Center for Computer Aided Design of Mechanical Systems, The University of Iowa.

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Flight Projects:
2020 - Mars 2020 Rover
2016 - Insight Mars Lander
2011 - Mars Science Laboratory
2007 - Phoenix Mars Lander
2003 - Mars Exploration Rover

Modeling and Simulation of Multibody Systems
Human-robot interaction

NASA Space Act Award (2005): Mars Exploration Rover Project Operation Team.

NASA Space Act Award (2004): Mars Exploration Rover Mission System Development Team.

NASA Space Act Award (2003): Rover Sequencing and Visualization Program (RSVP).

NASA Tech Brief Award (2003): Rover Sequencing and Visualization Program (RSVP).

NASA Tech Brief Award (2003): ROAMS - Rover Analysis, Modeling and Simulation.

NASA Tech Brief Award (2001): A Configuration Kinematics Algorithm for Rover Traversal Over Non-smooth Terrain.

DOE CRADA Award (1993-94): Automatic Differentiation Technology for Dynamic Simulation of Mechanical Systems, with Argonne National Laboratory, CRADA No. C9201001.

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