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Kyohei Otsu


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-219

Pasadena, CA 91101

Kyohei Otsu


Kyohei Otsu is a Robotics Technologist in the Robotic Systems Estimation, Decision, and Control Group at JPL. He is particularly interested in autonomous navigation technologies such as visual perception and robot learning. He has extensive hands-on experience in robotic system development.


- PhD in Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, The University of Tokyo, Japan, 2016
- MS in Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, The University of Tokyo, Japan, 2013
- Exchange Study, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, 2013
- BS in Information and Communication Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan, 2011

Professional Experience

- Robotics Technologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (Oct. 2016 - )
- Research Intern, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (Jan. 2015 - Apr. 2015 and Nov. 2015 - Jan. 2016)
- Visiting Student, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Aug. 2012 - Jun. 2013)
- Research Assistant, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Apr. 2011 - Sep. 2016)

Research Interests

He is interested in computer vision technologies that reliably navigate robotic vehicles in uncertain environments. Particular topics include visual perception, autonomous learning, motion planning, and visual odometry.


  1. T. S. Vaquero, G. Daddi, R. Thakker, M. Paton, A. Jasour, M. Strub, R. M. Swan, R. Royce, M. Gildner, P. Tosi, M. Veismann, P. Gavrilov, E. Marteau, J. Bowkett, D. Loret de Mola Lemus, Y. Kumar Nakka, B. Hockman, A. Orekhov, T. Hasseler, C. Leake, B. Nuernberger, P. Proenca, W. Reid, W. Talbot, N. Georgiev, T. Pailevanian, A. Archanian, E. Ambrose, J. Jasper, R. Etheredge, C. Roman, D. Levine, K. Otsu, S. Yearicks, H. Melikyan, R. Rieber, K. Carpenter, J. Nash, A. Jain, L. Shiraishi, M. Robinson, M. Travers, H. Choset, J. Burdick, A. Gardner, M. Cable, M. Ingham, and M. Ono, "EELS: Autonomous Snake-like Robot with Task and Motion Planning Capabilities for Ice World Exploration," Science Robotics, vol. 9, no. 88, 13 March 2024.
  2. R. Thakker, M. Paton, M. Strub, M. Swan, T. Vaquero, B. Jones, G. Daddi, R. Royce, J. Bowkett, D. Loret de Mola Lemus, D. Pastor Moreno, Y. Kumar Nakka, K. Otsu, T. Hasseler, C. Leake, B. Nuernberger, P. Proenca, W. Talbot, A. Orekhov, A. Jain, M. Robinson, R. Etheredge, M. Travers, H. Choset, M. Ingham, J. Burdick and M. Ono, "To Boldly Go Where No Robots Have Gone Before – Part 4: NEO Autonomy for Robustly Exploring Unknown, Extreme Environments with Versatile Robots," AIAA Scitech 2024 Forum, Orlando, Florida, USA, pp. 1-14, 08 January 2024.
  1. X. Lei, T. Kim, N. Marchal, D. Pastor, B. Ridge, F. Scholler, E. Terry, F. Chavez, T. Touma, K. Otsu, B. Morrell, A. Agha-mohammadi, "Early Recall, Late Precision: Multi-Robot Semantic Object Mapping under Operational Constraints in Perceptually-Degraded Environments," 2022 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Kyoto, Japan, pp. 2017-2024, 23 October 2022.
  1. Ali-akbar Agha-mohammadi, et al., "NeBula: Quest for Robotic Autonomy in Challenging Environments; TEAM CoSTAR at the DARPA Subterranean Challenge," Journal of Field Robotics, 21 March 2021.
  1. M. Ono, B. Rothrock, K. Otsu, Y. Iwashita, A. Didier, T. Islam, V. Sun, C. Laporte, K. Stack, S. Higa, J. Sawoniewicz, S. Daftry, C. Mattmann, V. Timmaraju, S. Sahnoune, O. Lamarre, D. Qiu, S. Ghosh, S. Nomura, H. Sarabu, S. Suehr, L. Folsom, G. Hedrick, H. Park, H. Roy, "MAARS: Machine Learning-Based Analytics for Rover Systems," IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, USA, 05 February 2020.