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William Reid


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-219
Pasadena, CA 91101

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347F - Robotic Mobility

William Reid

Member of Technical Staff


Will Reid is a robotics technologist investigating wheel-on-leg mobility modes for efficient traversals on Enceladus and Europa analogue terrains. Will received a Ph.D. from the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney in 2018. His PhD thesis investigated system design, motion modelling and path planning for a high degree-of-freedom wheel-on-leg robot operating on a Martian analogue terrain. Will has also worked with the European Space Agency and German Aerospace Centre on a sounding rocket experiment to investigate aerosol particle distribution in the middle atmosphere. He received a Bachelors degree of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelors of Computer Science from the University of Melbourne in 2012.


Australian Centre for Field Robotics, University of Sydney, Australia, 2018
Ph.D. Robotics Engineering

University of Melbourne, Australia, 2012
B.Eng. Mechatronics Engineering
B.Eng. Computer Science

Professional Experience

Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2018-Present
Robotics Technologist

Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2018
Postdoctoral Researcher

Abyss Solutions 2017
Robotics Systems Engineer

Research Interests

- Robotic mobility over unstructured terrain.
- Design of actively articulated mobility systems for hybrid wheeled and legged locomotion.
- Motion planning for high degree-of-freedom mobile platforms.
- Mobility navigation and control techniques for robustly traversing unstructured terrain.


  1. P, McGarey W, Reid I, Nesnas, "Towards Articulated Mobility and Efficient Docking for the DuAxel Tethered Robot System," 2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference. IEEE,, 05 March 2019.