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Chuck Bergh


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 107

Pasadena, CA 91109





Member of:

347A - Robotic Actuation and Sensing

Chuck Bergh

Group Supervisor


Chuck Bergh is a Senior Engineer in JPLs Robotic Hardware Systems Group. His work focuses on the end-to-end design of integrated sensor systems and embedded processing for autonomous guidance and control. His background includes 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.
Thesis: "Development of an Interferometric System for Process Monitoring"

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
Auburn University, 1994.

Professional Experience


Current Projects:
M2020 Vision Compute Element - Test Lead
RoboSimian - Integration Lead, Electrical Lead
Autonomous Descent and Ascent Powered-flight Testbed (ADAPT) - Hardware Cognizant Engineer
MSL Rover Actuator EGSE (AEGSE) - Cognizant Engineer

Previous Projects:
Autonomy for USSV - Project Manager, Technical Lead
SWIFT Swarm Satellites - Systems Engineer
Search and Rescue Anthropomorphic Humanoid (SARAH)- Co-Investigator
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)
Aerobot Autonomy - Avionics/Systems Lead
Planetary Autonomous Amphibious Rover (PAARV)- Task Manager
Autonomous Helicopter Testbed for Safe and Precise Landing - Hardware Lead
Camera Gantry Testbed - Hardware Lead
Perception for Off-Road Navigation (PerceptOR)
Tactical Mobile Robot (TMR)


SECRET - Active (2000-2010)


Mechanical Design: Solidworks, Nastran, ADAMS
Electrical Design: Eagle, OrCAD, Altium DXP
Analysis/Modeling: Matlab, Simulink, TimingDesigner
Embedded Design: Ti CCStudio, Xilinx (ISE, EDK), ModelSim, NI Labview
Languages: ANSI C, C/C++, Verilog, Java, Python, PERL, assembly (various)
Target OS: VxWorks, Linux, Ti DSP/BIOS, Xilinx MicroBlaze
Target Platforms: DSP (Ti C6x, MP430), FPGA (Xilinx Spartan, Virtex), Microcontrollers (68K, PIC, CPLD)

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Flight Projects
Terrain Relative Navigation
Research Tasks
COTS Terminal Descent Sensor Flight Test


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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.