Jeffrey Biesiadecki has been a software engineer at
NASAs Jet Propusion Laboratory since 1993,
after completing his Masters degree in Computer Science
at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he designed and implemented
the core motor control, non-autonomous mobility,
and rover "standup" deployment flight software for the
Mars Exploration Rovers (MER). He is also one of the rover drivers for
the Mars Exploration Rover "Opportunity",
responsible for command sequences that tell
the rover where to drive and how to operate its robotic arm
on the surface of Mars.
In addition to his continued work on the MER rovers,
he is designing and implementing motor control, mobility, and
manipulation flight software for the Rough and Steep Lunar Surface
Mobility research task, also known as ATHLETE.
Prior to working on flight software for robotic vehicles,
Jeffrey worked on reusable spacecraft simulation software (DARTS/Dshell),
used to implement and validate attitude control flight software.
And prior to that, Jeffrey hired into JPL working on command translation
ground software for JPLs Advanced Multi-Mission Operations System (AMMOS)
that is used by all JPL flight missions.
He received both Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He focussed on numerical analysis and applied
mathematics, and was a software developer for the Department of Geology.
Interestingly, software he contributed to for modeling geochemical
reactions is used by some MER scientists for interpreting science results
from the Mars Exploration Rovers.
Section 347 (Robotic Software Systems);
Januaray 2005 through present
Flight software design, development, test, and integration for
the All Terrain Hex Legged Explorer (ATHLETE) lunar robot.
Areas of development include motor control, mobility, command and sequencing.
Section 348 (Robotic Vehicles Group);
June 2000 through present
Flight software design, development, test, and integration for Mars
Exploration Rover (MER) project - in the areas of motor control device
drivers and fault protection, mobility manager software (command and
telemetry interfaces, and the main loop for autonomous navigation
interfacing software that moves the vehicle and acquires images with
Mark Maimones stereo image processing and hazard avoidance software),
driving primitives for performing turns and arcs, position estimation
based on wheel odometry, rover suspension one-time deployment
(standup) software, device driver for power subsystem,
and hardware register accessor functions for the cameras and
camera interface electronics. Testing performed in clean rooms,
gymnasium-sized indoor sandbox,
outdoor sandboxes at JPL, and field test at Edwards Air Force Base.
Setup the Makefiles, software configuration management scripts,
and defined procedures for the other flight software developers to
follow to checkout, build, and release their portions of the flight
Rover Planner for MER operations,
writing sequences to drive the rover and manipulate its robotic arm.
Developed and tested the sequences for digging trenches on Mars,
as well as mobility checkout (first time activity in flight) sequences
for Spirit and Opportunity.
Developed sequence macros to help write rover drive sequences.
Developed ground software to assist the analysis of mobility activity and
Section 345 (Robotic Vehicles Group);
April 1998 through June 2000
Flight software design and development, and avionics integration and test,
for the Athena-Rover Software Development Model, a prototype Mars Sample
Return rover. Worked closely with the electronics developers to
test and debug the hardware (flight computer, motor control, camera
interface, and power switching boards, as well as Active Pixel Sensor
based cameras) and device driver software. Developed specific hardware
diagnostic software as needed, including specialized PROMs for debugging
the CPU board, and device drivers and UNIX-based graphical user interfaces
for debugging cameras and testing imaging sensors.
Developed image acquisition flight software for Athena-Rover.
Developed the command processing flight and ground software for
Athena-Rover and Muses-CN nanorover;
this ground software was also used for the Marie Curie 01 rover.
Developed a rover simulator for the Muses-CN nanorover project
to facilitate test and development of its flight software,
using the Dshell simulation environment.
Section 345 (Guidance & Control Software);
December 1995 through April 1998
Software engineer developing real-time spacecraft simulation tools,
used for development and test of attitude control flight software
and testing of command sequences during mission operations.
Redesigned and reimplemented Dshell spacecraft dynamics simulator
in C++, used to model actuator and sensor devices on a spacecraft.
Designed and implemented libSim data flow modeling tool used by NM-DS1.
Both tools have extensive Tcl interfaces and documentation.
Development done on UNIX workstations and software used on both UNIX and
Wrote software configuration management system for our group in Perl,
as a layer on top of CVS/RCS.
Also used ControlShell and several message passing libraries.
Section 391 (Mission Operations);
February 1993 through December 1995
Software engineer in Operations Engineering Laboratory.
Design, develop, and maintain code for the AMMOS Command (CMD) subsystem,
used by all of JPLs current deep space missions to send commands through
the DSN to spacecraft.
CDE for the AMMOS Command Translation Subsystem (CTS) which translates
text command mnemonics to the binary representations sent to the spacecraft.
This code is used by JPLs Sequence/Mission Planning functional area
as well as AMMOS Command subsystem.
Development done on UNIX workstations in ANSI C, C++, Perl, and Motif.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Department of Geology,
Laboratory for Supercomputing in Hydrogeology;
September 1988 through February 1993
Full time academic professional Research Programmer since January 1990.
Developed software in C and Fortran for UNIX workstations and supercomputers
to model groundwater flow.
Also 3D graphics programming on Silicon Graphics workstations and experience
using the X Window System (Motif).
rover mobility and control software