Renato obtained a Laurea degree from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (UT). Prior to returning to UT to join the faculty he held professional engineering roles from 2007 to 2017 at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and at the NASA Johnson Space Center.
Renato is a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the recipient of numerous NASA awards, including the 2015 Software of the Year Award for his work on Orion GN&C.
Curriculum Vitae (Last Updated 5/14/2018).
Kirsten is a Ph.D. candidate, she joined the research group in Spring 2017. She graduated from Auburn University in 2014 with undergraduate degrees in Aerospace Engineering and in Applied Mathematics and from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016 with a Master of Science in Engineering. She has been a co-op employee at NASA Johnson Space Center since 2011. Her research focuses on spacecraft navigation with interests in estimation theory, Bayesian statistical inference, information theory, and prediction. Kirsten is affiliated with the applied statistical modeling portfolio.
Rahul is a Ph.D. student, he joined the research group in Summer 2017. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India, with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering in 2015 and from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017 with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. His field of interest lies in using control theory and blending different fields in robotics with real world applications. Currently, his focus is solving problems associated with robust orbital maneuvering of spacecrafts. Rahul is affiliated with the robotics portfolio.
James is a Masters student who joined the research group in Summer 2017. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 2017. His research focuses on GN&C for spacecraft proximity operations, with other interests in quadrotors and computer vision. James is affiliated with the robotics portfolio.
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Arjun is a Masters/Ph.D. student who joined the group in Fall 2017. He graduated in 2016 from BITS Pilani, India, with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics. His research focuses on heterogeneous robot coordination and planning, with interests in control and navigation of quadrotors. Arjun is affiliated with the robotics portfolio.
Sehyun is a Ph.D. student who joined the research group in Spring 2018. He graduated from Handong Global University, South Korea, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Control Engineering in 2012 and from Seoul National Univerisity with a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 2014. His research focuses on integrated navigation systems with particular interest in image processing and Bayesian filtering.
Simone is a Ph.D. student, he joined the research group in Summer 2018. He graduated from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, with a Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2015 and with a Master degree in Space Engineering in 2017. His research focuses on nonlinear filtering for GN&C applications, with particular focus on relative pose estimation between satellites. Currently, he is working on the development of an on-board navigation filter using polynomial approximations.