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Robotic Manipulation and Sampling Group

Won S. Kim, Ph.D.
Member of Technical Staff
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Won S. Kim is a Senior Member of Technical Staff in the Mobility and Manipulation Group. He has over 20 years experience in telerobotics research and development including software design and implementation, model and sensor based control, real-time motion control, calibration, system integration, validation, and flight software implementation

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1986, University of California, Berkeley
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, 1978, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
B.S. in Electronics Engineering, 1976, Seoul National University, Korea

MSL FSW Flight S/W development (2009-present)
MSL SSE Testbed/WSTS Simulation S/W development (2007 - 2009)
ALHAT Lunar Terrain-Relative Navigation S/W Integration and Analysis (2008-2009)
MSL AEGSE Brushless Motor Control S/W Development (2007 - 2008)
Task Manager, Integration of Visual Target Tracking into MER (2005-2006)
Task Manager, Mars Science Laboratory (MSL09) Focused Technology: Instrument Placement Validation (2003-2006)
Motion/Manipulation/Mobility (M3) Lead, CLARAty Testbed (2003-2005)
System Engineering Lead, Remote Exploration and Experimentation Project (2001-2002)
Cognizant Engineer, Mars01 Robotic Arm Flight Software (1999-2000)
Task Manager, NREC/Ford AMTS Object Pose Refinement Task (1998-2000)
Task Manager, Calibrated Synthetic Viewing (1995-1997)
Task Manager, NASA-Industry Cooperative Deneb Commercialization Virtual Reality Calibration Task (1993-1994)
Cognizant Engineer, Advanced Teleoperations (1988-1992)

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Flight Projects:
2011 - Mars Science Laboratory

Research Tasks:
Instrument Placement Algorithm Validation
Visual Tracking Integration into MER

Software design and implementation for mobility and manipulation systems, supervisory and autonomous system concepts and algorithm development, model and sensor-based real-time control, system integration and validation, flight software implementation

NASA Honor Award:
  • NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for the successful maturation, validation, and deployment of the Visual Target Tracking capability for the Mars Exploration Rover mission (2009)

    Software, Tech Briefs, Space Act Awards:

  • Visual Target Tracking on the Mars Exploration Rovers (2008)
  • Normalized Cross-Correlation with Template Image Magnification (2005)
  • Rover Mast Calibration, Exact Camera Pointing, and Camera Handoff for Visual Target Tracking (2005)
  • Analysis and Performance of Stereoscopic Vision Software (2005)
  • Semi-Automatic Virtual Reality Calibration (2003)
  • JIFI Fault Injector (2001)
  • Stereoscopic Force-Feedback Trainer for Telerobot Operators (1994)
  • Remote Robotic Control with High Force-Feedback Gain (1993)
  • Predictive Displays for Teleoperation with Delay (1992)
  • Active Compliance and Damping in Telemanipulator Control (1991)


  • U.S. Patent 5,239,246: Force Reflection with Compliance Control (1993)

    Franklin V. Taylor Award:

  • IEEE SMC Society Best Paper Award (1988)

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