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Julie Anne Townsend
Robotics Systems Engineer
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Biography (more>>)
Julie Townsend joined JPL in 2001 to work on the Mars Exploration Rovers, first in development, integration, and test and later as a cruise operator, and surface uplink lead. She is now a Rover Planner, creating command sequences to drive the rovers and move their robotic arms on Mars.
In 2004, Julie transferred to robotic technology development where she contributes to a variety of tasks, in systems engineering, testing, software development, and mechanical design. Her work includes the multi-limbed LEMUR-II and ATHLETE robots, testing and calibration of the robotic arm for MSL, and mechanical packaging of cameras for use on boats.

Education (more>>)
Ph.D. (in progress) Aero/Astro, Stanford University
M.S. (2000) Aero/Astro, Stanford University
S.B. (1998) Aero/Astro, MIT

Professional Experience (more>>)
ATHLETE Prototype Lunar Rover 2005-
- System Test Lead
Mars Exploration Rovers 2001-
- Surface Ops: Rover Planner and Tactical Uplink Lead
- Cruise Ops: Activity Lead
- Development and Test: Fault Protection design and verification
360 Camerahead 2009
- Mechanical design and packaging
Mars Science Laboratory 2008-2009
- Sys Eng for Robotic Arm testing and calibration
Robotic Technology Development 2005-2006
- Robot Work Crew

Selected Publications (more>>)

J. Townsend, J. Biesiadecki, C. Collins, "ATHLETE Mobility Performance with Active Terrain Compliance," IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Monatana, March 2010, #1530, .

B.H. Wilcox, T. Litwin, J. Biesiadecki, J. Matthews, M. Heverly, J. Morrison, J. Townsend, N. Ahmad, A. Sirota, B. Cooper, "ATHLETE: A Cargo Handling and Manipulation Robot for the Moon," Journal of Field Robotics, vol 24, issue 5, May 2007, 421-434.

R. E. Arvidson, J. F. Bell III, P. Bellutta, N. A. Cabrol, J. G. Catalano, J. Cohen, L. S. Crumpler, D. J. Des Marais, T. A. Estlin, W. H. Farrand, R. Gellert, J. A. Grant, R. N. Greenberger, E. A. Guinness, K. E. Herkenhoff, J. A. Herman, K. D. Iagnemma, J. R. Johnson, G. Klingelhöfer, R. Li, K. A. Lichtenberg, S. A. Maxwell, D. W. Ming, R. V. Morris, M. S. Rice, S. W. Ruff, A. Shaw, K. L. Siebach, P. A. de Souza, A. W. Stroupe, S. W. Squyres, R. J. Sullivan, K. P. Talley, J. A. Townsend, A. Wang, J. R. Wright, and A. S. Yen, "Spirit Mars Rover Mission: Overview and selected results from the northern Home Plate Winter Haven to the side of Scamander crater," JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, VOL. 115, E00F03, doi:10.1029/2010JE003633, 2010, September 30, 2010.

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