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Robotic Manipulation and Sampling Group
Matthew Robinson, PhD
Member of Technical Staff
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Matthew L. Robinson is currently the 2007 Phoenix Lander Flight Software Lead for the Robotic Arm. His on-going research efforts have included the development of calibration-free, stereo-based manipulation techniques (HIPS) and general control systems for holonomic and hybrid nonholonomic/holonomic systems. Other research interests include machine vision, manipulation, mechatronic systems and controls. He is a member of the engineering staff in the Mobility and Manipulation Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he has been since 2001.

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2001

B.S in Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1996

Member of Engineering Staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2001-present:

Flight Experience:

  • 2007 Phoenix Lander Flight Software Lead for the Robotic Arm.


  • Research Experience:

  • Development of calibration-free, stereo-based manipulation techniques (HIPS) and general control systems for holonomic and hybrid nonholonomic systems.
  • 2003-2004 MTP/IS Manipulation Task - developed algorithms to reduce the number of command cycles for instrument placement and sample acquisition for in-situ exploration.
  • 2003 Team In-situ - participated in design study and trade analysis of the Sample Acquisition System (SAS) options for Mars Science Laboratory as part of the Tiger Team.
  • 2003 Robot Work Crew (RWC) - developed algorithms for the autonomous, co-operative and coordinated deployment of a photovoltaic (PV) tent by a team of scout robots.
  • 2001-2003 LEMUR (Limbed Excursion Mechanical Utility Robot) - software developer.


  • Consultant, Smurfit Stone Corporation, 1999-2001:

  • Developed Robotic Vision System for palletizing & de-palletizing of empty and full bags.
  • Conducted demonstrations for Corporation.


  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Notre Dame, 1996-2001:

  • Dissertation: A Structured Lighting Approach to Image Analysis for Robotic Applications Using Camera-Space Manipulation.


  • Course Instructor, University of Notre Dame, 1999-2001:

  • Courses Taught: Dynamics, Statics.

  • Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

    Flight Projects:
    2007 - Phoenix Mars Lander


  • Machine Vision
  • Manipulation
  • Sample Acquisition and Handling
  • Mechatronic systems and controls

  • SPOT Award for new technology development for Hybrid Image-Plane/Stereo (HIPS) Manipulation.
  • 2005 NASA Space Act Award for Hybrid Image-Plane/Stereo (HIPS) Manipulation.

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