Principal Technologist: Robert Ambrose

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Principal Technologist, Game Changing Development Program
Software, Robotics and Simulation Division
NASA Johnson Space Center
2101 NASA Parkway, Mail Code ER1
Houston Tx, 77058, USA
281.244.5561 (w)  ⋅  281.483.3204(f)
robert.o.ambrose@nasa.gov

Education:

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis (1986)
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis (1987)
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (1991)
Post Doctoral, Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (1992)

Background:
Robert Ambrose has developed robotics and automation system solution for NASA, Department of Energy, defense and manufacturing applications.  His work has included sensing, mobility, manipulation and human-machine interaction techniques to produce work systems able to solve problems by teaming humans with machines.  He has previously worked for Metrica and MITRE.

Current Interests/focus:
Future work systems in space will blur the line between robotics and EVA.  Humans will be able to participate as either spacewalking astronauts, safely from inside spacecraft, or through remote supervision of robots from Earth.  New technologies will allow humans to interact with robots in deep space through telepresence, allowing scientists and students alike to explore and discover new worlds.

Future Plans:
Dr. Ambrose is looking for new ideas that will change how humans explore space, ideally with synergies for terrestrial challenges that enable NASA to help people here on Earth.