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Brandon Rothrock


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-219

Pasadena, CA 91101





Member of:

347J - Perception Systems

Brandon Rothrock

Research Technologist


Brandon Rothrock is a researcher in the computer vision group at JPL. His research is focused on models for semantic image understanding, visual perception and obstacle avoidance for micro UAVs, and object detection.


Ph.D. in Computer Science, UCLA
M.S. in Computer Science, UCLA
B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Washington

Research Interests

Human pose estimation
Semantic scene understanding
Human-robot interaction


  1. T. Howard, E. Stump, J. Fink, J. Arkin, R. Paul, D. Park , S. Roy, D. Barber, R. Bendell, K. Schmeckpeper, J. Tian, J. Oh, M. Wigness, L. Quang, B. Rothrock, J. Nash, M. Walter, F. Jentsch, N. Roy, "An Intelligence Architecture for Grounded Language Communication with Field Robots," Field Robotics, vol. 2, pp. 468-512, 01 March 2023.
  1. L. Matthies, S. Daftry, B. Rothrock, A. Davis, R. Hewitt, E. Sklyanskiy, J. Delaune, A. Schutte, M. Quadrelli, M. Malaska, "Terrain Relative Navigation for Guided Descent on Titan," IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, USA, 05 February 2020.
  2. M. Ono, B. Rothrock, K. Otsu, Y. Iwashita, A. Didier, T. Islam, V. Sun, C. Laporte, K. Stack, S. Higa, J. Sawoniewicz, S. Daftry, C. Mattmann, V. Timmaraju, S. Sahnoune, O. Lamarre, D. Qiu, S. Ghosh, S. Nomura, H. Sarabu, S. Suehr, L. Folsom, G. Hedrick, H. Park, H. Roy, "MAARS: Machine Learning-Based Analytics for Rover Systems," IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, USA, 05 February 2020.
  3. C. Ordonez, R. Alicea, B. Rothrock, K. Ladyko, J. Nash, R. Thakker, S. Daftry, M. Harper, E. Collins and L. Matthies, "Characterization and Traversal of Pliable Vegetation for Robot Navigation," Proceedings of the 2018 International Symposium on Experimental Robotics, pp. 293–304, 23 January 2020.
  1. M. Ono, B. Rothrock, E. Almeida, A. Ansar, R. Otero, A. Huertas, M. Heverley, "Data-driven surface traversability analysis for Mars 2020 landing site selection," IEEE Aerospace Conference, 01 January 2016.