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Justin Huang


4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91101

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347K - Robot Operations

Justin Huang

Group Leader


Justin joined JPL in 2018 as a robotic systems engineer in the Robot Operations group. His work focuses on developing software for safely operating the robotic arm of the Curiosity and Perseverance rovers. He also does downlink operations for Perseverance and helps run tests with the Mars 2020 test rover in the Mars Yard. He developed and maintains the Mars 2020 flight software collision model. Justin is also developing new testbed software for the Mars Sample Return sample transfer system.


PhD in Computer Science, University of Washington
M.S. in Computer Science, University of Washington
B.S. in Computer Science, UC San Diego

Professional Experience

Internships at Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Savioke. 6 years as a PhD student working on ROS, programming by demonstration, computer vision, automated picking, and web interfaces.

Research Interests

Human-robot interaction, robot programming, autonomous mobile manipulation

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Flight Projects
Robot Sequencing and Visualization Program (RSVP)
Robot Operations


  1. Vandi Verma, Mark Maimone, Evan Graser, Arturo Rankin, Kyle Kaplan, Steven Myint, Justin Huang, Amanda Chung, Kevin David, Andrei Tumbar, Iona Tirona, Michael Lashore, "Results from the First Year and a Half of Mars 2020 Robotic Operations," 2023 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 9 March 2023, 07 March 2023.