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Antonio Diaz-Calderon


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 82-105
Pasadena, CA 91109





Antonio Diaz-Calderon

Member of Technical Staff


Dr. Antonio Diaz-Calderon is a Senior Member of Technical Staff with the Mobility and Manipulation Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, where he has been since 2003. His current research activities focus on planetary manipulation, sample acquisition, and sample handling. His current flight activities include working as a rover driver for the Opportunity rover and as Spacecraft/Rover Engineer responsible for monitoring the health, safety and performance of the Mobility/Instrument Deploying Device component of the MER Spirit and Opportunity spacecraft during flight operations. Dr. Diaz-Calderon received the BSEE in 1987 and the M.S. in Computer Science in 1990 from Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico City, Mexico), and M.S. in 1993 in Engineering and Ph.D. in 2000 in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


  • Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2000
  • M.Sc. Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1993
  • M.Sc. Computer Science, ITESM, 1990

Professional Experience

  • Senior Member of Technical Staff, Mobility and Manipulation Group, JPL (2003-present).
  • Commercialization Specialist, National Robotics Engineering Consortium (2001-2003).
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, National Robotics Engineering Consortium (2000-2001).

Research Interests

Automated instrument placement from planetary landers and rover. Automated planetary manipulation for sample acquisition and handling, sensor fusion, state estimation, navigation/motion planning, position estimation/localization, and mapping.


  1. C. J. J. Paredis, A. Diaz-Calderon, R. Sinha, P. K. Khosla, "Composable models for simulation-based design," Engineering with Computers, Vol 17, No. 2, 112-128, 17 September 2020.
  2. A. Diaz-Calderon, C. J. J. Paredis, P. K. Khosla, "Automatic generation of system-level dynamic equations for mechatronic systems," Journal of Computer-Aided Design, Vol. 32, No. 5-6, 339-354, 17 September 2020.
  3. A. Diaz-Calderon, C. Hendrickson, "Comparison of some computer-based task management approaches," Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, Vol. 8, No. 3, 17 September 2020.
  1. A. Diaz-Calderon A. Kelly, "On-line stability margin and attitude estimation for dynamic articulating mobile robots," The International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol. 24, No. 10, 845-866, 01 October 2005.
  2. M. Bajracharya, A. Diaz-Calderon, M. Robinson and M. Powell, "Target tracking, approach and camera handoff for automated instrument placement," Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE Aerospace Conference. Big Sky Montana, 05 March 2005.
  3. P. Backes, A. Diaz-Calderon, M. Robinson, M. Bajracharya, D. Helmick, "Automated Rover Positioning and Instrument Placement," IEEE Aerospace Conference, 01 March 2005.
  4. M. Bajracharya, A. Diaz-Calderon, M. Robinson, M. Powell, "Target Tracking, Approach, and Camera Handoff for Automated Instrument Placement," IEEE Aerospace Conference, 01 March 2005.
  1. A. Diaz-Calderon and A. Kelly, "Development of a terrain adaptive stability prediction system for mass articulating mobile robots," 4th International Conference on Field and Service Robotics, Mt. Fuji, Lake Yamanaka, Japan, 01 July 2003.
  1. A. Diaz-Calderon, C. J. J. Paredis and P. K. Khosla, "Organization and selection of reconfigurable models," SCS 2000 Winter Simulation Conference, Orlando, FL, 01 December 2000.
  2. A. Diaz-Calderon, C. J. J. Paredis and P. K. Khosla, "Reconfigurable models: A modeling paradigm to support simulation-based design," SCS 2000 Summer Computer Simulation Conference, Vancouver, B. C. Canada, 01 July 2000.
  1. A. Diaz-Calderon, C. J. J. Paredis and P. K. Khosla, "A composable simulation environment for mechatronic systems," SCS 1999 European Simulation Symposium, Erlangen, Germany, 01 October 1999.
  2. A. Diaz-Calderon, C. J. J. Paredis and P. K. Khosla, "Combining software components and symbolic equation manipulation in modeling and simulation of mechatronic systems," IEEE 10th International Symposium on Computer-Aided Control System Design, Hawaii, 01 August 1999.
  3. A. Diaz-Calderon, C. J. J. Paredis and P. K. Khosla, "On the synthesis of the system graph for 3D mechanics," American Control Conference, San Diego, CA, 01 June 1999.
  1. A. Diaz-Calderon, C. J. J. Paredis and P. K. Khosla, "A modular composable software architecture for the simulation of mechatronic systems," 1998 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Atlanta, GA, 01 September 1998.
  1. A. Diaz-Calderon, D. Navin-Chandra and P. K. Khosla, "Measuring the difficulty of assembly tasks from tool access information," IEEE International Symposium on Assembly and Task Planning, Pittsburgh, PA, 01 August 1995.
  1. A. Diaz-Calderon, S. Fenves, J. Garrett and C. Hendrickson, "A computer-based advisor for environmentally conscious, "green" product design," ASCE First Congress on Computing in Civil Engineering, Washington, D. C., 01 June 1994.