Kevin Nickels works on robotics, both planetary and space-related. He has developed several Trinity-based robotic platforms for his work on computer vision. He has worked extensively with NASA (both Johnson Space Center in Houston and Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.) on the visual control of robot manipulator, and with the University of Texas Applied Research Laboratory and Southwest Research Institute on Autonomous Vehicles.
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
"Vision Guided Manipulation for Planetary Robotics – Position Control," by Kevin Nickels, Matthew DiCicco, Max Bajracharya,and Paul Backes, Journal of Robots and Autonomous Systems, Volume 58, Issue 1, Jan 2010, pp. 121–129.
"Hybrid Image Plane/Stereo (HIPS) Manipulation for Robotic Space Applications", by M. Robinson, E.Baumgartner, K. Nickels, and T. Litwin, in Autonomous Robots Journal, Volume 23, Number 2, p. 83–96, August 2007.
"Visual End-Effector Position Error Compensation for Planetary Robotics," by Max Bajracharya, Matt DiCicco, Paul Backes, and Kevin Nickels in Journal of Field Robotics, Volume 24, Issue 5, p 399–420, May 2007.
Embedded Microcomputer Systems
Digital Logic Design
Community service & Involvement
Chartered Organization Representative, St. Padre Pio Catholic Church (Pack 362, Troop 360B, Troop 361G, Venture Crew 360)