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Robotics Modeling and Simulation Group

Rudranarayan M Mukherjee, Ph.D.
Group Leader, Research Technologist
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Dr. Rudranarayan Mukherjee is a Research Technologist and Group Leader in the Robotics Modeling and Simulation group at the Robotics and Mobility Systems section at JPL. His primary role at JPL is to develop new technologies and find opportunities to apply them in flight missions. He was a two-term, elected member of the ASME International Technical Committee on Multibody Systems and Nonlinear Dynamics (TC-MSND) where he has been Program Chair for ASME IDETC 2015 and organizer of various symposia over the last 10 years. He enjoys, among other things, leading cross discipline technical teams, solving detailed and system level problems, formulating new concepts and implementing them, and finding resources to pursue good ideas.

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2007)
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2002)
B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering
University of Pune, India (2000)

Current Roles:
  • Principal Investigator, DARPA In-space Telescope Assembly Risk Reduction Effort
  • Principal Investigator, Mars In-Orbit Sample Transfer Technologies
  • Principal Investigator, JPL-DLR Germany collaboration on wheel-terrain interactions
  • Robotics Lead for a New Frontiers Proposal
  • Sub-topic Manager, NASA STMD STTR
  • JPL Lead for capture aspects in Rendezvous and Capture Strategic Capability Leadership Team (SCLT)
Past Experiences:
  • Co-Investigator and Task Manager, JPL-Caltech PDF on In Space Telescope Assembly Robotics, 2014-15
  • Principal Investigator, Army STTR Phase 1, 2015
  • Principal Investigator, JPL Integrated Model Centric Engineering sub-task, 2015
  • Principal Investigator, JPL and Stanford University effort for ARL MAST program, 2013-15
  • Principal Investigator, JPL effort for DARPA C2M2L program 2012-13
  • Principal Investigator, JPL effort for DARPA AVM program 2012-14
  • Principal Investigator, JPL effort led by Neya Inc. for RTC / ONR, 2012-14
  • Principal Investigator, JPL CIF funded workshop, 2013
  • Co-Investigator, JPL internal RTD effort on sampling 2013
  • Principal Investigator, JPL effort for ARL MAST program 2011-12
  • Principal Investigator, JPL effort for DARPA M3 program 2011-12
  • Co-Investigator, JPL internal RTD effort on sampling 2011, 2012
  • Individual Contributor, Lunar Robotic Sample Acquisition Strategic RTD 2010
  • Individual Contributor, MSL Mobility Model in RSVP for Avionics Testing 2010
  • Individual Contributor, MSL Arm Model for Avionics Testing 2009
  • Individual Contributor, Modeling of passive dynamic walkers, JPL SURP 2009
  • Individual Contributor, NIH project on modeling bimolecular systems 2009
  • Individual Contributor, ARL MAST effort 2009-10
  • Individual Contributor, Vehicle dynamics and other physics modeling for Lunar Surface Operations Simulator (LSOS) 2008-09
  • Individual Contributor, Modeling of Touch-and-Go sampling using flexible booms 2008
  • Individual Contributor, SHERPA modeling and controls for JPL RTD, 2007

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Research Tasks:
In-Space Telescope Assembly
Mars On-Orbit Sample Transfer Technologies (MOSTT)
Mobility Mechanics Modeling Toolkit (M3Tk)
Night-Time Perception and Visual Odometry for Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles
Risk Reduction for Robotic In Space Telescope Assembly Concept
Technologies for International Science Space Station (TISSS)
Terrain Ontology and Massively Parallel Granular Media Models for Mobility
Test and Evaluation of AVM Tools for DARPA FANG Challenge

  • In-space Assembly
  • Rendezvous and Orbital Sample Capture
  • Manipulation and System Engineering for Planetary Robotics
  • Vehicle Terrain Interactions
  • Autonomy for high-dof motion planning and coordinated control
  • Other aspects of space robotics
  • Multibody Dynamics and Mechanism Design
  • Model-Based Design
  • Scientific Computing

  • JPL Discovery Award 2016
  • JPL Voyager Award 2015
  • JPL Mariner Award 2014
  • JPL Mariner Award 2013
  • JPL Mariner Award 2011

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