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Andrew Howard


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M/S 198-235
Pasadena, CA 91109





Dr Andrew Howard

Member of Technical Staff


Dr. Howard is a Senior Member of Technical Staff with the Computer Vision Group at JPL, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining JPL, he was a Research Assistant Professor at the USC Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems and USC Robotics Research Laboratory.


Dr. Howard received his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Melbourne in 1999, and his B.Sc. (Hons.) in Theoretical Physics from the University of Melbourne in 1991.

Professional Experience

Dr. Howard has extensive experience with a wide range of terrestrial robotics programs, including DARPA BigDog, Crusher and Urban Grand Challenge (PI or technical lead for the perception sub-systems), ARL Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance SafeOps (human detection lead), and the Navy/ONR Unmanned Surface Vessel programs (perception lead).

Dr. Howard is a member of the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Field Robotics and the International Journal of Robotics Research; he has also served on the program committees of many robotics conferences, including ICRA, IROS, FSR and RSS.

Research Interests

Dr. Howards research interests include vision-based localization and mapping, visual odometry, visual SLAM, stereo ranging, object detection and tracking, and estimation and control of multi-robot systems.


  1. A. Howard, G.S. Sukhatme, M.J. Mataric', "Multi-Robot Simultaneous Localization and Mapping using Manifold Representations," Proceedings of the IEEE: Special Issue on Multi-Robot Systems, October, 2006, 17 September 2020.
  1. T. K. Marks, A. Howard, M. Bajracharya, G. W. Cottrell, L. H. Matthies, "Gamma-SLAM: Visual SLAM in unstructured environments using variance grid maps," Journal of Field Robotics, 26(1), 01 January 2009.
  2. M. Bajracharya, B. Moghaddam, A. Howard, S. Brennan and L. H. Matthies, "A fast stereo-based system for detecting and tracking pedestrians from a moving vehicle," International Journal of Robotics Research, 01 January 2009.
  1. A. Howard, "Real-Time Stereo Visual Odometry for Autonomous Ground Vehicles," International Conference on Robots and Systems (IROS), 01 September 2008.
  2. T. Marks, A. Howard, M. Bajracharya, G. W. Cottrell, L. Matthies, "Gamma-SLAM: using stereo vision and variance grid maps for SLAM in unstructured environments," IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 01 May 2008.
  1. A. Howard, L. H. Matthies, A. Huertas, M. Bajracharya, and A. Rankin, "Detecting Pedestrians with Stereo Vision: Safe Operation of Autonomous Ground Vehicles in Dynamic Environments," International Symposium of Robotics Research, 01 November 2007.
  2. A. Howard, M. Turmon, A. Angelova, L. Matthies, B. Tang, "Towards Learned Traversability for Robot Navigation: From Underfoot to the Far Field," Journal of Field Robotics, No 11 (Special Issue on Learning in Unstructured Environments), 1005-1017, 01 January 2007.
  1. A. Howard, L.E. Parker, G.S. Sukhatme, "Experiments with a Large Heterogeneous Mobile Robot Team: Exploration, Mapping, Deployment and Detection," International Journal of Robotics Research, 431-447, 01 January 2006.
  2. A. Howard, "Multi-robot Simultaneous Localization and Mapping using Particle Filters," International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol. 25, No 12, 1234-1256, 01 January 2006.