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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay

Robotics Technologist 
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
California Institute of Technology 
Pasadena, CA, USA

Email: Saptarshi.Bandyopadhyay [at] jpl.nasa.gov

Link to JPL Robotics Webpage

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Education

  • Ph.D. (Aerospace Engineering, Dynamics and Control), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), 2016

  • M.Tech (Aerospace Engineering, Dynamics and Control), IIT Bombay, 2010.

  • B.Tech (Aerospace Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, 2010.

Biography

Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay is a Robotics Technologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where he develops novel algorithms for future multi-agent and swarm missions. In 2020, he was named a NASA NIAC fellow for his work on the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope on the far-side of the Moon. He received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2016 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, where he specialized in probabilistic swarm guidance and distributed estimation. He earned his Bachelors and Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2010 from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India, where as an undergraduate, he co-founded and led the institute’s student satellite project Pratham, which was launched into low Earth orbit in September 2016. His engineering expertise stems from a long-standing interest in the science underlying space missions, since winning the gold medal for India at the 9th International Astronomy Olympiad held in Ukraine in 2004. Saptarshi’s current research interests include robotics, multi-agent systems and swarms, dynamics and controls, estimation theory, probability theory, and systems engineering. He has published more than 70 papers in journals and refereed conferences.

Awards

  • Awarded the JPL Discovery Bonus Award for the successful completion of the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (LCRT) NIAC Phase 1 and broad outreach within and outside of JPL [2021]

  • Awarded NASA Group Achievement Award for contributions to the OSIRIS-REx Independent Shape Modeling Team [2020]

  • Named a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) fellow for work on the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope on the far-side of the Moon [2020]

  • Awarded the JPL Discovery Bonus Award for the development of a novel perception algorithm for autonomous spacecraft approaching small bodies [2019]

  • Named Excellent Reviewer for the Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics between Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2016 [2016]

  • Awarded Best Presentation in my session at AIAA GNC Conference, SciTech [2015]

  • Awarded the Aerospace Alumni Advisory Board Fellowship at UIUC [2014]

  • Best Student Paper Finalist at the IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control (MSC), Antibes, France. [2014]

  • Awarded Stillwell Fellowship for pursuing PhD in Aerospace Engineering at UIUC [2011]

  • Awarded Boeing Scholarship by IIT Bombay for ‘exceptional overall performance’ [2010]

  • Won Gold Medal in the National Physics Olympiad [2005]

  • Won Gold Medal for India in 9th International Astronomy Olympiad held in Ukraine [2004]

  • Won Silver Medal in the 6th National Astronomy Olympiad [2004]

  • Won Gold Medal in the International Competition for Schools (Mathematics) by the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia [2000]