Andres Castano


Last Position
NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Senior Member of Technical Staff
Mobility and Robotic Systems
4800 Oak Grove Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91109


I’m an Electrical Engineer with a background in robotics (manipulators, reconfigurable, and military and planetary rovers) and computer vision (object detection, recognition and identification). My last position was in the Robotics section at NASA / JPL, Caltech. I’ve worked in a variety of research projects under sponsorship of DARPA, military branches and, of course, for NASA, for which I wrote, among others, the Dust devil and Cloud detectors for the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, and the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity. Presently I am taking some years off while my children grow up, with a 2-year interlude as a part-time contractor for an Augmented Reality start-up. I spend my time taking care of the kids, training Math-Olympiad teams, learning Japanese, and exploring Deep Learning. My wife Becky and I have three children: Sofi, age 10-½, and twins Danny and Bella, age 9. Mitzy, our Shih-Tzu, rounds up the family.