Mark W. Maimone

[Face Image],
Jet Propulsion Laboratory M/S T1723
California Institute of Technology
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109-8099 USA
+1 (818) 354 - 0592

Mars Rover Updates

  • 2 January 2008 - D-Star Panorama by Opportunity - NASA JPL Press Release
  • 28 June 2007 - NASA Mars Rover Ready For Descent Into Crater - NASA JPL Press Release
  • 27 Feb 2007 - First Test Of New Autonomous Capability On Mars Is Promising
  • 22 Feb 2007 - NASA loosens leash on Mars rovers
  • 19 Feb 2007 - NASA's Mars Rover
  • 13 Feb 2007 - CMU software has out-of-this-world success
  • 13 Feb 2007 - CMU software aids NASA's Mars rovers
  • 30 May 2006 - Intelligent Beings in Space!
  • 2 March 2005 - Mars Rovers Break Driving Records, Examine Salty Soil
  • 13 May 2004 - Animation of the images Spirit used to drive autonomously on 3 May 2004
  • 22 February 2004 - Explanation of Spirit's Memory problem
  • 12 February 2004 - Autonomous Driving Pictures and Onboard-generated Maps
  • 23 January 2004 - Picture of the rover, lander, backshell from orbit
  • 19 January 2004 - Kicking the Tires on Mars - Dan Neil, Los Angeles Times
  • 17 January 2004 - Raw Images from Spirit
  • 14 January 2004 - Rover Navigation 101: Autonomous Rover Navigation 5 minute Quicktime video (18 Megabytes)
  • 13 January 2004 - How Does Rover Cross Mars? Years of Practice in Desert and Sandbox - John Noble Wilford, New York Times
  • 4 January 2004 - First Images from Mars!
  • 2 January 2004 - NASA looking for critical success with two Mars rovers - Miles O'Brien (Windows Media video)
  • NASA Mars Rovers web site

  • Mark works for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Robotics research lab in the Machine Vision group. You can sometimes find him performing with the Holiday Singers, a traditional yet jazzy caroling group in Southern California. He was also a charter member of JPL's Swing Band, Big Band Theory.

    Mark was a Research Associate at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University from July 1996 through December 1997. He worked as Mapping Sensor Lead for the Pioneer project that will send a robot into the Chornobyl reactor, and as Software and Navigation lead on the Lunar Rover Demonstration project. Work on this project culminated during the summer of 1997 in the Atacama Desert Trek, during which the Nomad robot was driven through the Moon-like Atacama Desert in Chile by novice drivers located in the United States. Nomad also drove itself through 21 kilometers of the Atacama Desert.

    Atacama Desert Trek - A Stepping Stone to the Planets
    1997 Lunar Rover Navigation
    NASA Ames Nomad site

    CNN Science and Technology: Robot Rehearses for Interactive Space Duty

    He completed his graduate work in computer vision (stereo matching) with Steve Shafer in the Vision and Autonomous Systems Center, part of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. His Ph.D. thesis dealt with Characterizing Stereo Matching Problems using Local Spatial Frequency methods (e.g., Fourier analysis, Gabor wavelets); it demonstrates results using real and synthetic imagery with ground truth. Some of the data collected in the Calibrated Imaging Lab is available on the CIL Stereo Datasets page, and local information about generating synthetic stereo and range data is also available. A paper, Modeling Foreshortening in Stereo Vision using Local Spatial Frequency, was presented at IROS'95 (Errata sheet now available in PostScript (320K)). A Taxonomy for Stereo Computer Vision Experiments was presented at the ECCV'96 workshop on Performance Characteristics of Vision Algorithms (CFP).

    His Ph.D. research was partially funded by the NASA Graduate Student Research Program via the NASA Ames Vision Group.

    Earlier work includes the creation and maintenance of the Computer Vision home page, a WWW Tutorial presentation, the Miró visual specification language, f2c (a Fortran 77 to C translator), Space-related net resources, and more Web and Net-related freeware. Mark is also an alumnus of the 1989 International Space University Summer Session.

    My Rather Large Home Page

    (or the text only version) and a recent photo are also available.