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David Zhu


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 107

Pasadena, CA 91109

Member of:

347A - Embedded Robotic Systems

David Zhu

Member of Technical Staff


I first started working at JPL in 1992 for the celestial sensors group while I was a student. Later, I was a member of the machine vision and tracking sensors group, and now the robotic hardware systems group.


Received undergraduate education in EE at Caltech.

Professional Experience

- Autonomous Feature and Star Tracking
- Cassini
- Aerobot
- APS imager system
- Tactical Mobile Robot
- X2000 Switch Control ASIC
- Optical Communication
- VCAM Mass Spectrometer Electronics

Research Interests

-Robotic sensing.
-Estimation and optimization.


  1. A. Brinkman, J. Karras, D. Zhu, N. Abcouwer, T. Brown, G. Kubiak, A. Umali, L. Tse, J. Zitkus, R. Mccormick, "Leveraging Ingenuity Software and Avionics to Enable Robotic Arm Sampling for COLDArm," 2023 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, USA, pp. 1-9, 04 March 2023.
  1. R. Brockers, S. Susca, D. Zhu, L. Matthies, "Fully Self-Contained Vision-Aided Navigation and Landing of a Micro Air Vehicle Independent from External Sensor Inputs," Proc. of SPIE 8387, 01 January 2012.