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Alberto Behar


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Dr. Alberto Behar

Member of Technical Staff


I have been a member of the Mobility and Robotic Systems Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1991. Our section designs the rovers and in-situ surface systems for several planetary missions. My previous studies earned me a PhD in EE (Astronautics Minor) from USC, an ME from Rensselaer and an MS with Specialization in Robotics from USC. My primary interests are developing, testing and deploying architectures for future planetary surface spacecraft in remote extreme environments on Earth.


PhD: USC, Electrical Engineering, Astronautics Minor, May 1998
MS: USC, Computer Science with a Specialization in Robotics, Dec. 1994
MS: RPI, Electrical, Computer & Systems Engineering, May 1992
BS: University of Florida, Computer and Information Engineering Sciences, June 1990
Instrument Rated Pilot
Rescue Scuba Diver
Emergency Medical Technician

Professional Experience

NASA , Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 1991-Present
Institute for Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS), Tokyo, Japan, 1998-99
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, 1990
Bell Communications Research, Red Bank, NJ, 1989

Research Interests

Tumbleweed Polar Rover Task
Hydrothermal Vent BioSampler Task
Antarctic Ice Borehole Probe Task
Spiderbot Task
MER Rover Planner (in training)
Mars Odyssey Gamma Ray Spectrometer Investigation Scientist


  1. P. Christoffersen, S. Tulaczyk, F. Carsey, and A. Behar, "A quantitative framework for interpretation of basal ice facies formed by ice accretion over subglacial sediment," Journal of Geophysical Research, (in Press), 17 September 2020.
  2. A. Behar, F. Carsey, J. Jones, J. Matthews, F. Nicaise, "Tumbleweed Rover Extreme Environment Testing at the South Pole Station," World Automation Conference, Seville, Spain, May 2004, 17 September 2020.
  3. A. Behar, F. Carsey, A. Lane, H. Engelhardt, "The Ice-Borehole Probe, The art of borehole imaging has been extended to cold, wet, high-pressure environments.," NASA Tech. Briefs Oct. 2003, 17 September 2020.
  1. A. Behar, J. Matthews, K. Venkateswaran, J. Bruckner, J. Jonsson, "A deep sea Hydrothermal Vent Bio-sampler for large volume in-situ filtration of hydrothermal vent fluids," Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 47(4): 443-447, 01 January 2006.
  1. A. Behar, J. Matthews, C. Raymond, E. Means, "The JPL PAUSE Aerobot," IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, 2005, Volume 4, 10-12 Oct. 2005 Page(s):3939 - 3943, 01 October 2005.
  2. F. C. Bruhn, F. D. Carsey, J. K?hler, M. Mowlem, C. R. German, A. Behar, "MEMS Enablement and Analysis of the Miniature Autonomous Submersible Explorer," IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, Vol. 30, No. 1, 165-178, 01 January 2005.
  1. M. Craven, F. Carsey, A. Behar, J. Matthews, R. Brand, A. Elcheikh, S. Hall, A. Treverrow, "In-situ imagery of meteoric ice-marine ice transition and marine ice-ocean interface on the Amery Ice Shelf," International Symposium on Ice and Water Interactions. 26-30 July 2004, Portland (Oregon, USA)., 01 July 2004.
  2. A. Behar, J. Matthews, F. Carsey, J. Jones, "NASA/JPL Tumbleweed Polar Rover," IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 6-13, 2004, 06 March 2004.
  1. A. E. Behar, F. C. Bruhn, F. D. Carsey, "Exploring Miniaturization Limits for an Instrumented Autonomous Submersible Explorer for Extreme Environments," Accepted to 13th Int. Symposium on Unmanned Untethered Submersible Technology, 01 January 2003.
  1. A. Castano, A. Behar and P. Will, "The CONRO Modules for Reconfigurable Robots," IEEE Trans. on Mechatronics, (7)4, pp. 403-409, 01 December 2002.
  2. F. Carsey, C. Mogensen, A. Behar, H. Engelhardt, A. Lane, "Optical Technology Approaches for a Mars Polar Cap Subsurface Mission, Results of Tests in the Earth Ice," International Glaciological Society, Physical and Mechanical Processes in Ice Symposium, 01 August 2002.
  1. A. Behar, F. Carsey, A. Lane, and H. Engelhardt, "The Antarctic ice borehole probe," Proc. IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MO, 01 March 2001.
  1. A. Behar, "On the Design of Sub-Kilogram Intelligent Tele-Robots," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California, 01 May 1998.
  2. A. Behar, G. Bekey, G. Friedman, R. Desai, "Best Student Paper Award for the World Automation Conference: ISORA Session The Sub-Kilogram Intelligent Tele-Robots (SKIT) for Asteroid Exploration," World Automation Conference, Anchorage Alaska, 01 May 1998.
  1. A. Behar, "The Prototype Sand Sample Acquisition Device for A Mars Micro-Rover Mission," Masters Thesis, Rensselaer, 01 January 1992.