SEPTEMBER 14 > 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM > NAMM HALL, N119 > 300 JAY ST BROOKLYN 11201(map it)

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Dr. Edward Tunstel

Senior Roboticist
Research & Exploratory Development Department (REDD)
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)



Dr. Edward Tunstel is a Senior Roboticist in the Research & Exploratory Development Department of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and also served as space robotics & autonomous control lead in its Space Sector.

He joined APL in 2007 after 18 years at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he was a Senior Robotics Engineer and group leader of its Advanced Robotic Controls Group. He worked on the NASA Mars Exploration Rovers mission as both a flight systems engineer responsible for autonomous surface navigation and as Rover Engineering Team lead for the mobility and robotic arm subsystems, which involved him in the daily performance assessment, planning, and operations of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers during their first four years on Mars.

He is now engaged in robotics and autonomy research enabling next generation robotic systems and human-robot collaborative teams for future national security and space applications.

Dr. Tunstel earned bachelor and master degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico. He maintains expertise in robotics and intelligent systems with current research interests in mobile robot navigation, autonomous control, cooperative robotics, robotic systems engineering and human-robot systems. He has authored over 150 technical publications, co-edited four books, and serves on editorial boards for several leading journals in these areas. Dr. Tunstel is an IEEE Fellow and a member of AIAA and NSBE Professionals.