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Peter Vieira


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





Peter Vieira

Robotics Software Engineer


Pete joined the Robotic Manipulation & Sampling group at JPL in August, 2014.

Graduate School

Before JPL, Pete completed his Master of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology where he held a Graduate Research Assistantship, during which he was a main team member of their Darpa Robotics Challenge team, Hubo, and co-operated the robot during the semi-finals in Miami, FL. His team was responsible for three tasks: Rubble-clearing, Door-opening and wall-drilling. The focus of his Masters was robotics software and control systems. He gained a lot of hands-on experience with whole robotics systems.


Before graduate school, Pete worked in a Mandarin-only elevator company in Hangzhou, China. He was hired on to start international business and design the mechanical components of a family of elevator callboxes.


Pete enjoys playing soccer, basketball, golf, frisbee, table tennis and billiards, rock climbing, slacklining, scuba diving, surfing, skiing, hiking and trail running, tinkering, electromechanical repair and working on cars/motorcycles


M.S. Electrical & Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2014)
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University (2010)
Study Abroad Japanese Studies, Kansai Gaidai University, Japan (2008)

Professional Experience

Robotics Software Engineer, JPL, Pasadena, CA (Aug. 2014 - Present)
Mechanical Engineer, Optimax Tech. Co. Ltd, Hangzhou, China (Nov. 2010 - Nov. 2011)
Mechanical Engineer Intern, Lenovo, Beijing, China (Jun. 2010 - Sep. 2010)
Mechanical Engineer Intern, Wolf Robotics, Fort Collins, CO (2006 - 2008)


  1. 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. R. OFlaherty, P. Vieira, M.X. Grey, P. Oh, A. Bobick, M. Egerstedt, M. Stilman, "Kinematics and Inverse Kinematics for the Humanoid Robot HUBO2+," no. GT-GOLEM-2013-001. Georgia Institute of Technology, 01 January 2013.
  2. R. OFlaherty, P. Vieira, M.X. Grey, P. Oh, A. Bobick, M. Stilman, "Humanoid Robot Teleoperation for Tasks with Power Tools," IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications, 01 January 2013.