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Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-219

Pasadena, CA 91101

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347N - Maritime and Multi-Agent Autonomy

Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay

Robotics Technologist

Biography

Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay is a Robotics Technologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where he develops novel algorithms for future multi-agent and swarm missions. In 2020, he was named a NASA NIAC fellow for his work on the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope on the far-side of the Moon. He received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2016 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, where he specialized in probabilistic swarm guidance and distributed estimation. He earned his Bachelors and Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2010 from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India, where as an undergraduate, he co-founded and led the institute’s student satellite project Pratham, which was launched into low Earth orbit in September 2016. His engineering expertise stems from a long-standing interest in the science underlying space missions, since winning the gold medal for India at the 9th International Astronomy Olympiad held in Ukraine in 2004. Saptarshi’s current research interests include robotics, multi-agent systems and swarms, dynamics and controls, estimation theory, probability theory, and systems engineering. He has published more than 40 papers in journals and refereed conferences.

Education

- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
- Dual Degree (Bachelor & Master of Technology), Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay)

Professional Experience

- Postdoctoral Researcher, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology [June 2016-March 2017]
- Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) [Jan.-June 2016]

Research Interests

  • Dynamics and Controls
  • Probability Theory
  • Analysis of Networks
  • Consensus and Synchronization
  • Formation Flying
  • Swarms
  • Robotics (Quadrotors)
  • Motion Planning
  • Autonomy
  • Systems Engineering

Awards

  • Awarded the JPL Discovery Bonus Award for the successful completion of the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (LCRT) NIAC Phase 1 and broad outreach within and outside of JPL [2021]
  • Awarded NASA Group Achievement Award for contributions to the OSIRIS-REx Independent Shape Modeling Team [2020]
  • Named a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) fellow for work on the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope on the far-side of the Moon [2020]
  • Awarded the JPL Discovery Bonus Award for the development of a novel perception algorithm for autonomous spacecraft approaching small bodies [2019]