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Arthur Bouton


4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109

Member of:

347F - Robotic Mobility

Arthur Bouton, PhD

Robotics Technologist


Arthur Bouton is a Robotics Technologist for the Robotic Mobility group. His primary areas of research include wheel-on-limb hybrid locomotion, mechanical design, machine learning and control. He received his M.Sc.Eng. degree in Advanced Systems and Robotics from École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers ParisTech in France and his Ph.D degree from Sorbonne Universités, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, in 2017. After a postdoc at Surrey Space Centre, Guildford, UK, he joined JPL in 2021. He is currently working on steep terrain mobility and on the mobility control for the Sample Recovery Helicopters of the Mars Sample Return mission.


  • Ph.D. in Robotics at the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Sorbonne Universités), Paris 6 (2017)
  • M.Sc.Eng. & M.A.S. in Advanced Systems and Robotics, speciality autonomous robotics, at the National Superior School of Arts et Métiers ParisTech (ENSAM), Paris (2013)


  1. W. Reid, T. Bartlett, A. Bouton, M. Strub, M. Newby, S. Gerdts, J. Martin, S. Moreland, and R. McCormick, "Planning and Control for Autonomous Drives of the Mars Sample Recovery Helicopter," 2024 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, USA, pp. 1-11, 02 March 2024.
  1. Arthur Bouton, William Reid, Travis Brown, Adriana Daca, Mielad Sabzehi, and Hari Nayar, "Experimental Study of Alternative Rover Configurations and Mobility Modes for Planetary Exploration," 2023 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, USA, pp. 1-13, 04 March 2023.