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Kamak Ebadi

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109

Member of:

347P - Aerial and Orbital Image Analysis

Kamak Ebadi

Robotics Technologist

Biography

Kamak Ebadi is a robotics technologist in the Aerial and Orbital Image Analysis group. His current research is focused on high-resolution orbital mapping, and Terrain Relative Navigation (TRN) for guided descent and precision landing on the moon in support of NASA's Artemis program. Kamak's research interests lie in the area of robot perception, simultaneous 3D localization and mapping for multiagent collaborative systems, structure from motion, and Machine Learning for object detection and semantic segmentation.

Kamak joined JPL in 2017 as a doctoral research fellow and completed his Ph.D. thesis while contributing to some cutting-edge research projects, including collaborative localization and mapping with a team of Mars rover-helicopter, the DARPA Subterranean Challenge, and simultaneous estimation of shape and pose of uncooperative space objects.

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow - NASA JPL / Caltech, 2021
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Electrical and Computer Engineering - Santa Clara University, 2020
  • Master's of Science - Electrical and Computer Engineering - Florida International University, 2012

Professional Experience

  • Robotics Technologist - NASA JPL, 2021 - Present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - NASA JPL / California Institute of Technology, 2020 - 2021
  • Doctoral Research Fellow - NASA JPL / California Institute of Technology, 2017 - 2020
  • Robotics Engineering Co-Op - Autonomous Drive Group - Nissan Research Center, 2015 - 2017
  • Robotics Engineering Co-Op - Exoskeleton R&D Group - AlterG, 2013 - 2017
  • Research and Teaching Assistant - Santa Clara University, 2013 - 2017
  • 4G/LTE IP Network Engineering Co-Op - Verizon Wireless, 2012

Research Interests

  • Terrain relative navigation for guided descent and precise planetary landing
  • Simultaneous 3D localization and mapping for multiagent collaborative systems
  • Autonomous navigation in extreme, and perceptually-degraded environments
  • Autonomous perception and hazard avoidance for unmanned surface vehicles

Awards

  • Team Bonus Award - for exceptional contributions to the JPL SubT team during the final DARPA SubT Challenge, 2022
  • Mission Design Lead - NASA Planetary Science Summer School (PSSS) - Early mission concept to Enceladus, 2021
  • STAR Award - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - California Institute of Technology, 2020
  • 1st place, member of CoSTAR perception team, DARPA Subterranean Challenge, Urban Circuit, 2020
  • 2nd place, member of CoSTAR perception team, DARPA Subterranean Challenge, Tunnel Circuit, 2019
  • Best Doctoral Research Award - School of Engineering - Santa Clara University, 2019
  • 1st place - Space Design Challenge Award, NASA Ames Research Center, 2013