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Robot Operations Group
Robert Steele
Member of Technical Staff
(Short description>>)

A software engineer specializing in real-time robotics applications with over 25 year of experience developing
applications for NASA/JPL and DoD.

West Coast University
1987 M.S. Computer Science

University of California, Lost Angeles
1980 B.S. Mathematics/Computer Science

JPL Professional Courses
2005 Xilinx - Designing for Performance
2005 Xilinx - Fundamental of FPGA Design
2004 Medium Technology Proposal Preparation
2003 PTC (Pro Engineering) CAD Training
2003 The JPL Task Manager
2003 PowerPoint 2000 Level 1
2002 Software Product Engineering
2001 I-Logix Effective Use Cases for Real-Time Design
2000 I-Logix Rhapsody Training
1999 Java Programming
1992 Real-Time Structured Analysis & Design
1989 Software Management

University of California, Los Angelse Extension
1992 Orbital Mechanics
1990 Space Mission Design
1984 Short Course on Kalman Filtering
1984 Digital Filtering
1981 Compiler Design

University of Southern California, Los Angeles
1988 Applied Kalman Filtering

Jet Propulsion Laboratory June 1989 - present
Member Technical Staff

  • Currently supporting the Instrument Placement Task validating vision based algorithms for completing a single sol placement of instruments.
  • Supported the Distributed Avionics Task with the focus of my effort on the brushless motor control software.
  • Supported a NASA funded research project developing robotic control technologies. Current assignments are the Rocky 8 research vehicle and an internally funded fuzzy logic control project.
  • Supported a real-time vxWorks based robotic system which was used for research in contact and visual inspection. This work was in support of Space Station Freedom.
  • Designed, coded and built the software for the remote portion of a local/remote robotic architecture. This research was in support of Space Station Freedom. The target language was Ada running on multiple 68020s in a VME chassis.
  • Implemented a costing model for Space Station Freedom. This software was delivered to the COSMIC repository.
  • Developed and taught courses in Ada and software design.

Magnavox Research Laboratory June 1987 - June 1989 and November 1981 - June 1985
Senior Scientific Programmer/Analyst

  • Group leader on a satellite navigation system project (GPS).
  • Software designer and implementer of a subsystem for the PINS project, an integrated navigation system built under contract for the U.S. Navy.
  • Responsible for the design and implementation of software tools for analysis of navigation performance.

TRW June 1985 - June 1987
Member Technical Staff

  • Software System Engineer on FAADS, an air defense system, built under contract for the U.S. Army.
  • Software Engineer on ROTHR, a RADAR system built under contract for the U.S. Navy.

Hughes Aircraft Company
Member Technical Staff

  • System programmer on a Siemens computer.
  • Assignments included implementation of new software, program maintenance, implementation of a simulator of the system.

West Coast University April 1987 - April 1994

  • Member of the adjunct faculty, teaching software engineering courses emphasizing the programming languages Ada, Modula-2, and Pascal.

UCLA Extension

  • Taught an intermediate Ada course emphasizing the methodologies for design and implementation of real-time systems.

Architectures for robotic systems.

Space Station Freedom Award of Merit, presented from Astronauts Office
September 29, 1993

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