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Position

I have been at NASA Ames Research Center since 1987, working in the mobile planetary robotics field since 1995. I have served as a Deputy Group Lead for the Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) since 2005.

Projects

I have managed projects for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, Office of the Chief Technologist, and Space Technology Mission Directorate including:

  • Mars Technology Program’s ARC Rover Testbed project
  • Integrating and demonstrating multiple Mars Instrument Development Program instruments on the K9 and K10 planetary rovers
  • Exploration Technology Development Program's Human-Robot Site Survey project
  • Surface Telerobotics as part of the Human Exploration Telerobotics (HET) Project

My latest project is Astrobee, a robotic free-flyer for the International Space Station.

Professional interests

  • Visual navigation
  • User interfaces
  • Field testing of mobile robots
  • Robot mission operations

Education

BS EE Stanford University
MS EE, emphasis Controls Santa Clara University

Maria Bualat
Intelligent Systems Division
NASA Ames Research Center
Mail Stop 269-3
Moffett Field, CA 94035

Phone: 650-604-4250
maria.bualat@nasa.gov

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