Ezra's Round Table / Systems Seminar: Edward Tunstel (UTRC)


Frank H. T. Rhodes Hall 253


In his role at UTRC, Dr. Edward Tunstel directs the study, development, and transition of relevant technologies for human-collaborative robotics and robotic autonomy enabling manufacturing and service applications across business units of the United Technologies Corporation. He previously spent a decade with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory as a Senior Roboticist researching robotic intelligence, autonomous control, modular open systems, and human-collaborative robotics for national security and space applications; he also served as its Space Robotics & Autonomous Control Lead. During the prior two decades, he was with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Senior Robotics Engineer and Group Leader of its Advanced Robotic Controls Group. There he served as a Mars rover systems engineer for autonomous navigation, and rover engineering team lead for mobility and robotic arm operations on the surface of Mars. Dr. Tunstel holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico focused on intelligent robot control systems, and prior mechanical engineering degrees from Howard University, with a concentration in robotics. He maintains expertise in autonomous field robotics & intelligent systems, in which he has authored over 150 publications and co-edited 4 books. Dr. Tunstel is a Fellow of the IEEE and 2018-2019 President of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. He is also a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, NSBE Professionals, and AIAA.