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Michael Paton


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-219

Pasadena, CA 91101

Member of:

347F - Robotic Mobility

Michael Paton

Member of Technical Staff


Michael Paton is a Robotics Technologist at JPL in the Robotics Mobility group. Michael received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto on the topic of long-term autonomous path following systems.

His research at JPL is focused on the design and development of extreme-terrain autonomous navigation systems.

Current work at JPL includes the development of a navigation system for the Axel tethered mobility rover to enable the autonomous exploration of cliff faces and terrain-aware navigation for ground rovers.


Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering,
University of Toronto [2017]

M.S. Computer Science,
George Mason University [2012]

B.S. Computer Science,
George Mason University [2007]

Research Interests

- Autonomous Systems
- State Estimation
- Terrain Assessment
- Path Planning


  1. M. Paton, K. MacTavish, L.P. Berczi, S.K. van Es, and T.D. Barfoot, "I Can See for Miles and Miles: An Extended Field Test of Visual Teach and Repeat 2.0," Field and Service Robotics (FSR), p. 415-431, 01 January 2018.
  1. M. Paton, F. Pomerleau, T.D. Barfoot, "Expanding the Limits of Vision-Based Localization for Long-Term Route-Following Autonomy," Journal of Field Robotics, Special Issue on Field and Service Robotics., p. 98-122, 01 January 2017.
  1. M. Paton, K. MacTavish, M. Warren, and T.D. Barfoot, "Bridging the Appearance Gap: Multi-Experience Localization for Long-Term Visual Teach and Repeat," International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), p. 1918-1925, 01 January 2016.