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Bryson Jones


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 82-105

Pasadena, CA 91109

Member of:

347G - Robotic Manipulation and Sampling

Bryson Jones

Robotics Technologist


Bryson Jones is a Robotics Technologist in the Robotic Manipulation and Sampling Group. His research interests are in developing algorithms that enable complex autonomous behaviors of robotic systems, especially through learning methods. His active projects at JPL are focused on developing autonomy software for applications on the ocean moons of the solar system, namely Europa and Enceladus.

Prior to JPL, Bryson worked as a Lead Robotics Software Engineer at Relativity Space, responsible for the functional real-time software platform and autonomy stack of large-scale metal 3D printing manipulator systems, while leading a technical team of roboticists.

In 2021, Bryson received his M.S. in Robotic Systems Development from Carnegie Mellon University, where his work focused on autonomy software development for navigating autonomous vehicles through extreme terrain conditions.


M.S. Robotic Systems Development, Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA - 2021
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC - 2019

Professional Experience

Robotics Technologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2023 - Present
Lead Robotics Software Engineer, Relativity Space, 2020-2022

Research Interests

  • Planning and Decision-Making
  • Deep Reinforcement Learning
  • Optimal Control
  • Dynamics Simulation and Modelling


  1. M. Paton, R. Rieber, S. Cruz, M. Gildner, C. Abma, K. Abma, S. Aghli, E. Ambrose, A. Archanian, E. Bagshaw, C. Baroco, A. Blackstock, J. Bowkett, M. Cable, E. Cartaya, G. Daddi, T. Drevinskas, R. Etheredge, T. Gall, A. Gardner, P. Gavrilov, N. Georgiev, K. Graham, B. Hockman, B. Jones, S. Linn, M. Malaska, E. Marteau, N. Maslen, H. Melikyan, Y. Kumar Nakka, J. Nelson, M. Pazzini, M. Peticco, M. Prior-Jones, M. Robinson, C. Roman, R. Royce, M. Ryan, L. Shiraishi, C. Stenner, M. Strub, R. M. Swan, B. Swerdlow, R. Thakker, L. P. Tosi, T. Tran, T. Stegun Vaquero, M. Veismann, T. Wood, H. Zade, M. Ono, "2023 EELS Field Tests at Athabasca Glacier as an Icy Moon Analogue Environment," 2024 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, USA, 05 March 2024.
  2. M. Ono, R. Thakker, N. Georgiev, P. Gavrilov, A. Archanian, T. Drevinskas, G. Daddi, M. Paton, H. Melikyan, T. Pailevanian, C. Lopez, E. Ambrose, B. Jones, L. Tosi, M. Gildner, B. Hockman, D. Loret de Mola Lemus, D. Pastor Moreno, T. Hasseler, Y. Kumar Nakka, E. Marteau, B. Nuernberger, M. Peticco, M. Cable, P. Proenca, M. Malaska, J. Bowkett, A. Jasour, M. Ingham, J. Nash, D. Balentine, A. Barchowsky, F. Bevreng, K. Botteon, M. Caballero, K. Carpenter, M. Chodas, A. Daca, J. Feldman, A. Gardner, A. Goddu, A. Jain, C. Jin, M. Khanum, R. Kornfeld, G. Mark, B. Morrell, J. Naish, W. Reid and R. Etheredge, "To Boldly Go Where No Robots Have Gone Before – Part 1: EELS Robot to Spearhead a New One-Shot Exploration Paradigm with In-situ Adaptation," AIAA Scitech 2024 Forum, Orlando, Florida, USA, pp. 1-23, 08 January 2024.
  3. R. Thakker, M. Paton, M. Strub, M. Swan, T. Vaquero, B. Jones, G. Daddi, R. Royce, J. Bowkett, D. Loret de Mola Lemus, D. Pastor Moreno, Y. Kumar Nakka, K. Otsu, T. Hasseler, C. Leake, B. Nuernberger, P. Proenca, W. Talbot, A. Orekhov, A. Jain, M. Robinson, R. Etheredge, M. Travers, H. Choset, M. Ingham, J. Burdick and M. Ono, "To Boldly Go Where No Robots Have Gone Before – Part 4: NEO Autonomy for Robustly Exploring Unknown, Extreme Environments with Versatile Robots," AIAA Scitech 2024 Forum, Orlando, Florida, USA, pp. 1-14, 08 January 2024.