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Renaud Detry


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Renaud Detry, Ph.D.

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Renaud Detry is a Research Scientist in the Mobility and Robotics Section at JPL. He is also a visiting researcher at the Montefiore Institute (University of Liège, Belgium) and in the Computer Vision and Active Perception lab (KTH Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm, Sweden). His research interests include computer vision, robot learning, and autonomous grasping/manipulation. He is regularly serving as associate editor for IROS, ICRA, and as a reviewer for TRO, RAS, RSS and AURO.


  • Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, University of Liège, 2010
  • M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, University of Liège, 2006

Professional Experience

  • FNRS Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Liège, Belgium (2013–2016)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, KTH Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm, Sweden

Research Interests

I am interested in autonomous sensorimotor interaction via robot vision, tactile sensing, and robot learning. See for more information.

My publications are listed at


  1. Shreyansh Daftry, Barry Ridge, William Seto, Tu-Hoa Pham, Peter Ilhardt, Gerard Maggiolino, Mark Van der Merwe, Alex Brinkman, John Mayo, Eric Kulczyski, Renaud Detry, "Machine Vision based Sample-tube Localization for Mars Sample Return," IEEE Aerospace Conference, 06 March 2021.
  1. K. Uckert, A. Parness, N. Chanover, E. Eshelman, N. Abcouwer, J. Nash, R. Detry, C. Fuller, D. Voelz, R. Hull, D. Flannery, R. Bhartia, K. Manatt, W. Abbey, and P. Boston, "Investigating Habitability with an Integrated Rock-Climbing Robot and Astrobiology Instrument Suite," Astrobiology, vol. 6, pp. 48-55, 14 December 2020.
  2. T. Pham, W. Seto, S. Daftry, A. Brinkman, J. Mayo, C. Padgett, E. Kulczycki, R. Detry, "Rover Localization for Tube Pickup: Dataset, Methods and Validation for Mars Sample Return Planning," IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, USA, 05 February 2020.
  1. R. Detry, J. Koch, T. Pailevanian, M. Garrett, D. Levine, C. Yahnker, M. Gildner, "Turbid-Water Subsea Infrastructure 3D Reconstruction with Assisted Stereo," 2018 OCEANS - MTS/IEEE Kobe Techno-Oceans (OTO), Kobe, Japan, 2018, pp. 1-6, 28 May 2018.
  2. J. Koch, T. Pailevanian, M. Garrett, C. Yahnker, R. Detry, D. Levine, M. Gildner, "Development of a Robotic Limb for Underwater Mobile Manipulation," 2018 OCEANS - MTS/IEEE Kobe Techno-Oceans (OTO), Kobe, Japan, 2018, pp. 1-5, 28 May 2018.