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Nicolas Hudson


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 82-105
Pasadena, CA 91109





Nicolas Hudson

Member of Technical Staff


Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering, with a Minor in Controls and Dynamical Systems, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, 2009.
Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, 2004.
Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2003.

Professional Experience

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering (2011,2012): Co-taught the two-quarter class Advanced Robotics: Navigation and Vision at the California Institute of Technology.


  1. Hebert, P., Hudson, N., Ma, J., Burdick, J., "Finger, Wrist and Vision Fusion for In-Hand Object Manipulation," IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2011, 09 May 2012.
  2. Backes, P., Younse, P., DiCicco, M., Hudson N., Collins C., Allwood A., Paolini R., Male C., Ma, J., Steele, A., Conrad, P., "Experimental Results of Rover-Based Coring and Caching," IEEE Aerospace Conference 2011, 09 May 2012.
  3. Nicolas Hudson, Thomas Howard, Jeremy Ma, Abhinandan Jain, Max Bajracharya, Steven Myint, Calvin Kuo, Larry Matthies, Paul Backes, Paul Hebert, Thomas Fuchs, Joel Burdick, "End-to-End Dexterous Manipulation with Deliberate Interactive Estimation," ICRA 2012 (to appear, nominated for Best Paper in Robotic Manipulation), 09 May 2012.
  4. P. Hebert, N. Hudson, J. Ma, T. Howard, T. Fuchs, M. Bajracharya, J. Burdick, "Combined Shape, Appearance and Silhouette for Simultaneous Manipulator and Object Tracking," IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 01 January 2012.
  1. B. Williams, N. Hudson, B. Tweddle, R. Brockers, L. Matthies, "Feature and Pose Constrained Visual Aided Inertial Navigation for Computationally Constrained Aerial Vehicles," Proc. of IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2011), 01 January 2011.
  1. N, Hudson Y. Lin J. Barengoltz, "Probabilistic round trip contamination analysis of a Mars Sample acquisition and handling process using Markovian decompositions," IEEE Aerospace Conference, 01 January 2010.
  2. N, Hudson P. Backes M. DiCicco M. Bajracharya, "Estimation and Control for Autonomous Coring from a Rover Manipulator," Proceedings IEEE Aerospace Conference, 01 January 2010.
  1. Shaw, G., Chase, J., Doran, C., Hudson, N., and Moorhead, K, "Active Insulin Control in Patients with Glucose Intolerance," Proc. of ANZICS ASM on Intensive Care, Dunedin, New Zealand, (Winner of Best Medical Free Paper Award), 21 October 2009.
  2. Nicolas Hudson, Paulo Younse, Paul Backes, Max Bajrachara, "Rover Reconfiguration for Body-Mounted Coring with Slip," Proc. IEEE Aerospace Conference, 01 January 2009.
  1. N. Hudson, "Inference in Hybrid Systems with Applications to Neural Prosthetics," PhD Thesis, California Institute of Technology, 01 January 2008.
  2. Hudson, N., Burdick, J., "A Hybrid Systems Model for Supervisory Cognitive State Identification and Estimation in Neural Prosthetics," Proceedings of the 46th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 01 January 2008.
  1. Hudson, N., Burdick, J., "A Stochastic Framework for Hybrid System Identification with Application to Neurophysiological Systems," Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control, 273-286, 01 January 2007.
  2. Hudson, N., Rizzuto, D., Andersen, R., Burdick, J., "Hybrid system models for supervisory decoding of discrete cognitive state," Society for Neuroscience, Abstract viewer/ Itinerary Planner, San Diego, CA,, 01 January 2007.
  3. Hudson, N., Burdick, J., Andersen, R., "Discrete Cognitive State Decoding, with Applications to Neural Prosthetics," Biomedical Engineering Society: BMES 2007 Annual Fall Meeting, Los Angeles, CA (Invited Talk), 01 January 2007.
  4. Hudson, N., Burdick, J., "Learning Hybrid System Models for Supervisory Decoding of Discrete State, with Applications to the Parietal Reach Region," Neural Engineering, CNE '07, 3rd International IEEE/EMBS Conference on, 587-592, 01 January 2007.
  1. Hudson, N., Burdick J.,, "Hybrid System Identification using Bayesian Updating and Gaussian Mixture Models," Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control, 2006 (abstract), 01 January 2006.
  1. Doran, C., Chase, J., Shaw G., Moorhead, K., and Hudson, N., "Derivative Weighted Active Insulin Control Algorithms and Intensive Care Unit Trials," Control Engineering Practice, Vol. 13(9),, 1129-1138, 01 January 2005.
  2. Chase, J., Hudson, N., Lin, J., Elliott, R. and Sim, A., "Non-Linear Shake Table Identification and Control for Near-Field Earthquake Testing," Journal of Earthquake Engineering,Vol. 9(4), 461-482, 01 January 2005.
  1. Doran, C V, Chase, J G, Shaw, G M, Moorhead, K T and Hudson, N H, "Automated Insulin Infusion Trials in the ICU," Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, Vol. 6(2), 155-166, 01 January 2004.
  2. Doran, C., Hudson, N., Moorhead, K., Chase, J., Shaw, G. and Hann, C.,, "Derivative Weighted Active Insulin Control Modelling and Clinical Trials for ICU Patients," Medical Engineering and Physics, Vol. 26(10),, 855-866, 01 January 2004.
  1. Chase, J., Shaw, G., Doran, C., Hudson, N. and Moorhead, K, "Derivative Weighted Active Insulin Control Algorithms And Trials," Proc. of the 5th IFAC Symposium on Modelling and Control in Biomedical Systems, Melbourne, Australia, 83-89, 01 January 2003.
  1. Shaw, G., Chase, J., Doran, C., Hudson, N., and Moorhead, K., "Insulin Infusion Controller Provides Tight Glucose Control in ICU Patients," Proc. of ANZICS/ACCCN 27th Australia and New Zealand ASM on Intensive Care, Perth, Australia, 01 January 2002.