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Chuck Bergh


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 107

Pasadena, CA 91109

Chuck Bergh


Chuck Bergh is an electro-mechanical engineer with extensive experience in end-to-end design, integration, and successful delivery of embedded avionic systems and mobile autonomous systems. His background includes system specification, avionics design, verification and validation testing, electro-mechanical design, digital control theory, and real-time software design.


Master of Science Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, 1999.
Mechatronics and Adaptive Control System Design.

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
Auburn University, 1994.

Professional Experience


Current Projects:
DARPA Robotic Autonomy in Complex Environments with Resiliency (RACER) - Test/Safety Lead

Mars Sample Retrieval Lander (SRL) - Vision Compute Element - Subject Matter Expert

Previous Projects:
NASA Human Lander Systems (HLS) - Lander Vision System (LVS-B) - Manager

Mars 2020 Vision Compute Element - Test/Integration Lead, V&V Lead

DARPA Robotics Challenge - RoboSimian - Integration Lead, Electrical Lead

CoOperative Blending of Autonomous Landing Technology (COBALT) - Payload Systems Engineer

Autonomous Descent and Ascent Powered-flight Testbed (ADAPT) - Hardware Cognizant Engineer

MSL Rover Actuator EGSE (AEGSE) - Cognizant Engineer

Autonomy for USSV - Project Manager, Technical Lead

TPF Formation Flight Control Testbed - Avionics Lead

MSL Terminal Descent Sensor Testbed - Test-Article Lead

Mars Subsonic Parachute/Pin Point Landing - Hardware Lead (Down Looking Camera)

Planetary Autonomous Amphibious Rover (PAARV)- Task Manager

DARPA Perception for Off-Road Navigation (PerceptOR)

DARPA Tactical Mobile Robot (TMR)


SECRET - Active (2000-2010)


  1. B. Metz, C. Bergh, J. Borders, "MSL Actuator Electrical Ground Support Equipment (AEGSE) Command and Telemetry Dictionary – Percussion Controller," D-49046, MSL-556-2740, 01 March 2009.
  2. C. Bergh, J. Borders, B. Metz, "MSL Actuator Electrical Ground Support Equipment (AEGSE) Safe-to-Mate (STM) Procedure – Percussion Controller," JPL D-49045, MSL-556-2739, 01 March 2009.
  3. C. Bergh, J. Borders, B. Metz, "MSL Actuator Electrical Ground Support Equipment (AEGSE) Safe-to-Mate (STM) Procedure," JPL D-46245, MSL-586-2350, 01 January 2009.
  1. C. Bergh, J. Borders, K. Breed, D. Clouse, W. Kim, R. Steele, "MSL Actuator Electrical Ground Support Equipment (AEGSE) Command and Telemetry Dictionary," JPL D-46244, MSL-586-2349, 01 September 2008.
  1. A. Ahmed, M. Wette, D. Scharf, et al., "Technology Roadmap for TPF-I (Formation Flying)," In <i>Terrestrial Planet Finder Interferometer Science Working Group Report</i>, edited by P. R. Lawson, O. P. Lay, K. J. Johnston, and C. A. Beichman, JPL Publication 07-1, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, 01 March 2007.
  1. C. Bergh, W. Zimmerman, "Mobile Robot for Exploring Cold Liquid/Solid Environments," NPO-40731, NASA Tech Briefs, 30(8), 01 August 2006.
  1. A. Elfes, J. Montgomery, J. Hall, S. Joshi, J. Payne, C. Bergh, "Autonomous Flight Control for a Titan Exploration Aerobot," 8th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space, 01 September 2005.
  2. A. Rankin, C. Bergh, S. Goldberg, P. Bellutta, A. Huertas, L. Matthies, "Passive Perception System for Day/Night Autonomous Off-Road Navigation," Proc. SPIE vol?5804: Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology VII, Orlando, FL, 01 March 2005.
  1. A. Elfes, J. Hall, J. Montgomery, C. Bergh, B. Dudik, "Towards a Substantially Autonomous Aerobot for Exploration of Titan," Proceedings of the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2004), 01 May 2004.
  2. C. Bergh, W. Zimmerman, "Planetary Autonomous Amphibious Robotic Vehicle (PAARV)," JPL NTR-40731, 01 January 2004.
  1. L. Matthies, C. Bergh, A. Castano, J. Macedo and R. Manduchi, "Obstacle Detection in Foliage with Ladar and Radar," 11th International Symposium on Robotics Research (SRR), Siena, Italy, 01 October 2003.
  2. C. Bergh, L. Matthies, "Obstacle Detection in Foliage Using Micro Impulse Radar," JPL NTR-40629, 01 September 2003.
  3. R. Arkin, J. Beno, C. Bergh, D. Bresie, A. Giovannetti, B. Gothard, L. Matthies, P. Nogueiro, J. Scanlon, R. Scott, M. Simon, W. Smith, L. Thornhill, K.Waldron, A.Walls, "Design of an Agile Unmanned Combat Vehicle - A Product of the DARPA UGCV Program," SPIE Conference on Unmanned Ground Vehicles, Orlando, FL, 01 April 2003.
  1. R. Hogg, A. Rankin, S. Roumeliotis, M. McHenry, D. Helmick, C. Bergh, L. Matthies, "Algorithms and sensors for small robot path following," Proceedings of the 2002 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Washington D.C., 01 May 2002.
  1. R. Hogg, A. Rankin, M. McHenry, D. Helmick, C. Bergh, S. Roumeliotis, and L. Matthies, "Sensors and algorithms for small robot leader/follower behavior," Proceedings of the SPIE AeroSense Symposium. Orlando, 01 April 2001.
  1. C. Bergh, B. Kennedy, L. Matthies, A. Johnson, "A compact and low power two-axis scanning laser rangefinder for mobile robots," 7th Mechatronics Forum International Conference, Atlanta, GA, 01 September 2000.
  1. C. Bergh, A. Kita, I. Ume, "Development of Mechatronics Curricula in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech," 1999 IEEE/ASME Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, 01 September 1999.