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Reg Willson is a systems engineer in the Autonomous Systems Division at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was the lead system engineer for the Mars 2020 (Perseverance) next generation rover engineering cameras and was the initial instrument engineer for the Mars 2020 SuperCam and SHERLOC instruments. On the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity) he was the instrument engineer for the Mastcam, MAHLI and MARDI science cameras and the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer. He was also the hardware lead for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity) Descent Image Motion Estimation System camera.
Dr. Willson received his bachelors degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo and his masters and PhD degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University, dissertation: Modeling and Calibration of Automated Zoom Lenses, advisors: Professors Steven A. Shafer and Takeo Kanade.
M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University, project: A Control Separation Approach to the Specification and Analysis of Discrete State Systems and Controllers, advisor: Professor Bruce H. Krogh.
B.A.Sc. Electrical Engineering (Computer Engineering option), University of Waterloo.
MEMBER OF TECHNICAL STAFF
JPL Aerial and Orbital Image Analysis, Flight Instrument Detectors and Camera Systems, Instrument System Engineering, and Computer Vision groups,
SENIOR RESEARCH ENGINEER / SPECIALIST RESEARCH ENGINEER
3M Engineering Systems Technology Center, St. Paul Minnesota
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Bell-Northern Research, Ottawa Ontario, Canada
Instrument systems engineering, camera modeling and calibration, and computer vision.