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Aerial and Orbital Image Analysis Group

Philip Y Twu, PhD
Group Leader
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Dr. Philip Twu is a Robotics System Engineer in the Aerial and Orbital Image Analysis Group. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012, where his research focused on decentralized coordination algorithms for multi-robot systems. From 2012-2017, Philip was at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) where he worked on and took leadership roles in a diverse range of projects related to algorithm development, analysis, software engineering, and systems engineering. In this role, Philip performed end-to-end system of systems analysis, concept exploration, trade studies, modeling, and simulation of networked sensor systems. He led a software development team to support planetary scientists in the visualization, mapping, and analysis of science data for small solar system bodies. Moreover, Philip has made critical contributions to spacecraft fault management integration and testing for the Parker Solar Probe mission, modeling and simulation of space systems and subsystems for rapid mission concept concurrent engineering, and the development of autonomy algorithms for heterogeneous teams of unmanned vehicles.

Since joining JPL in 2017, Philip has had essential roles in both technology development and flight projects. He designed autonomy algorithms for coordinating unmanned vehicle swarms in complex environments to accomplish high-level mission objectives. To test and evaluate these algorithms, he supported maritime field tests using swarms of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). He is currently the systems engineer for rover navigation on the Mars 2020 mission.

Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012 (Thesis: Control of Multi-Agent Networks: From Network Design to Decentralized Coordination)
M.S. in Space Systems Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2018
M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, 2008
B.S. in Computer Science, University of Maryland, 2008

2017-Present: Robotics System Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
2015-2017: Vehicle Autonomy Engineer, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
2012-2015: Network Tracking and Data Fusion Engineer, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
2010-2011: Technical Summer Multiple Discipline Systems Engineer, MITRE Corporation
2009-2012: Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology
2008-2009: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology
2007-2008: Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Maryland
2007: Summer Intern, Intelligent Automation, Inc.
2006-2007: Software Engineer, TRX Systems

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Flight Projects:
2020 - Mars 2020 Rover

Solar System Exploration
Ocean Worlds Exploration
Space Systems Engineering
Modeling and Simulation
Multi-Target Tracking and Data Fusion
Multi-Robot Systems
Robot Autonomy and Controls
Science Analysis Applications
Education and Public Outreach

JPL Discovery Bonus Award (M2020 RNAV Systems Engineering), 2019
JPL Guidance and Control Team Award (M2020 Heritage GNC/TRN/Surface GNC Team), 2018
JPL Team Bonus Award (Multi-Mission, Multi-Agent Autonomy Architecture Team), 2017
JHU/APL Space Swifties (Lightning Talks) First Place, 2016
JHU/APL Special Achievement Award, 2014
JHU/APL Special Achievement Award, 2013
JHU/APL Recognition Award, 2012
29th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC) Best Graduate Student Paper, 2010
2009 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, 2009
Georgia Institute of Technology President’s Fellowship, 2008 to 2012
A. James Clark School of Engineering Nariman Farvardin Scholarship, 2007 to 2008
A. James Clark School of Engineering Yurie Scholarship, 2006 to 2007
A. James Clark School of Engineering Merit Scholarship, 2006
Tau Beta Pi Electee Scholarship, 2006

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