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Maritime and Multi-Agent Autonomy Group

Michael Wolf, PhD
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Dr. Michael Wolf is the supervisor of the Maritime & Multi-Agent Autonomy Group and the principal investigator for several research projects in vehicle autonomy and multi-robot systems / swarms. His research efforts, which are conducted by a team of about 30 people across various robotics/AI/software disciplines with about $7M annual funding, emphasize realistic applications and systems, using full-size vehicles, real-world communications and sensing, maintainable and adaptable software, etc. Dr. Wolfs technology contributions span perception, motion planning, multi-vehicle coordination, autonomy software architectures, and wearable human–robot interfaces, generally emphasizing probabilistic methods for estimation, tracking, and autonomous control.

* PhD in Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2008
Thesis in robotics: "Target Tracking Using Clustered Measurements, with Applications to Autonomous Brain-Machine Interfaces"
Minor in Control and Dynamical Systems

* MS in Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2005

* BS in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1997


* Group Supervisor, JPL Maritime & Multi-Agent Autonomy, Robotics Section, 2018-Present
* Robotics Technologist, JPL Robotics Section, 2008-2018.
* Six years experience in technical consulting, product management, and business development for enterprise software companies.

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Research Tasks:
Algorithm for Advanced CDAS for USV Autonomy
Autonomous Perception and Hazard Avoidance for Navy USVs
Autonomy and Perception for Uncrewed Sea Surface Vehicles
Autonomy and Situational Awareness for UMS
USSV - Autonomy For Littoral Combat Ship Missions


* Robot Autonomy decision making, motion planning, multi-agent coordination, etc.
* Perception probabilistic estimation and tracking
* Autonomy Software Architectures

* JPL Charles Elachi Award
* JPL Voyager Award
* JPL Mariner Award
* Nine JPL Team Awards
* Two NASA Honors Awards
* Best Doctoral Thesis in Mechanical Engineering, Caltech
* Fuchs Prize for Excellence in Design, Stanford

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