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Kyle Edelberg


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 82-105
Pasadena, CA 91101





Kyle Edelberg

Member of Technical Staff


Kyle has been a robotics engineer in the Robotic Manipulation and Sampling group since he joined JPL in 2014. Kyle designs, analyzes, and implements control systems and behaviors to enable mobile manipulation capabilities in real-world conditions, both for flight projects and research tasks. On the flight side Kyle is leading algorithm and software development for the Mars 2020 Rover Coring Drill as well as controls analysis for the Sampling and Caching Subsystem. Past research includes RoboSimian, first for the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) and then for in-space assembly, and currently he is working on controls systems for a dynamic quadruped. Kyle is also an officer in the United States Navy Reserve.


M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - Controls, University of California, Berkeley, 2013

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2011

B.A. in Film and Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2011

Professional Experience

- 2018-Pres: Controls lead, Mars 2020 Sampling and Caching Subsystem
- 2015-Pres: Autonomy developer for mobile manipulation research robotics. DRC Finals controls lead and lead operator.
- 2014-Pres: Algorithms and software lead, Mars 2020 Rover coring tool.

Research Interests

- Mobile manipulation robotics
- Robust autonomy and supervised autonomy
- System optimization via concurrent hardware/controls design


  1. S. Karumanchi, K. Edelberg, J. Nash, C. Bergh, R. Smith, B. Emanuel, J. Carlton, J.Koehler, J.Kim, R. Mukherjee, B. Kennedy, P. Backes, "Payload-Centric Autonomy for In-Space Robotic Assembly of Modular Space Structures," Journal of Field Robotics, vol 35, issue 6, pp. 1005-1021, 14 June 2018.
  2. K Edelberg, P Backes, J Biesiadecki, S Brooks, D Helmick, W Kim, T Litwin B Metz, J Reid, A Sirota, W Ubellacker, P Vieira, "Software System for the Mars 2020 Mission Sampling and Caching Testbeds," DOI: 10.1109/AERO.2018.8396572, 01 January 2018.
  1. S. Karumanchi, K. Edelberg, I. Baldwin, J. Nash, J. Reid, C. Bergh, J. Leichty, K. Carpenter, M. Shekels, M. Gildner, D. Newill-Smith, J. Carlton, J. Koehler, T. Dobreva, M. Frost, P. Hebert, J, Borders, J. Ma, B. Douillard, P. Backes, B. Kennedy, B. Satzinger, C. Lau, K. Byl, K. Shankar, J. Burdick, "Team RoboSimian: Semi-autonomous Mobile Manipulation at the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals," Journal of Field Robotics: Special Issue on the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, vol 34, issue 2, pp. 305-332, 18 October 2016.
  1. Kyle Edelberg, Jason Reid, Ryan McCormick, Lauren DuCharme, Eric Kulczycki, and Paul Backes, "Autonomous Localization and Acquisition of a Sample Tube for Mars Sample Return," AIAA SPACE 2015 Conference and Exposition, 01 January 2015.
  2. Kyle Edelberg, Dennis Wai, Jason Reid, Eric Kulczycki, and Paul Backes, "Workspace and Reachability Analysis of a Robotic Arm for Sample Cache Retrieval from a Mars Rover," AIAA SPACE 2015 Conference and Exposition, 01 January 2015.