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Jonathan Bohren at LCSR's da Vinci master research platform as part of a collaboration between The Johns Hopkins University, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and West Virginia University (Fall 2011).


I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University concentrating in robotics in the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics. I am a member Dynamical Systems and Control Laboratory under the direction of Louis Whitcomb, and I also collaborate with Gregory Hager and Peter Kazanzides in the Computer Science Department. I'm an active member of the ROS community and a contributor to several open-source projects.

In 2009, I received my BSE in Mechanical Engineering and MSE in Robotics from the University of Pennsylvania, where I worked in the GRASP Laboratory with Daniel D. Lee, Katherine Kuchenbecker, and Maxim Likhachev.

For an up-to-date version of my education and experience, see my LinkedIn profile.

The Just-a-Moment-Ago

I have recently spent three months, June through August 2012, collaborating with Darius Burschka and Sami Haddadin in Munich, Germany, at DLR, the German Aerospace Center. I am currently developing semi-autonomous telerobotic architecutres for on-orbit satellite servicing and assembly.

The Now

I have just began work in collaboration with the NASA Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office (SSCO) under the 2012 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF), and continuing the work that I began this past summer on semi-autonomous telerobotic architecutres for on-orbit satellite servicing and assembly.

Research Summary

I study semi-autonomous telerobotic systems for time-delayed connections and low-precision interfaces. These systems take advantage of the benefits of state-of-the-art perception and motion planning systems from the autonomous mobile manipulation community in order to augment the capabilities of a human teleoperator to perform a given manipulation task faster and with fewer errors.

Past Work

My past work involves both small and large-scale projects including, but not limited to: haptic interfaces, telerobotic control, sensing & perception for autonomous field robotics, and task planning & control for autonomous personal robotics.

I'll elaborate more on these later, but for now, here are some pictures of projects I've worked on. Research doesn't occur in a vacuum, and I don't claim to be sole designer / developer of the following projects.

Jonathan Bohren (left) accessing a console in the back of "Little Ben," one of the only 6 finishers of the 2007 DARPA Urban Grand Challenge (Spring 2008).
The "FatPoodle" 4-DOF foot-operated telerobotic device next to a Phantom Omni that it was used to control (Spring 2009).
The user-end of the initial prototype of "Verrotouch," a high-frequency tactile feedback system for sensing hard contacts in telesurgery (Spring 2009).

Jonathan Bohren (right) receiving a beverage fetched from a refrigerator by an autonomous PR2 (Summer 2010).

Jonathan Bohren overseeing a trans-Atlantic semi-autonomous teleoperation experiment between The Johns Hopkins University and des Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Summer 2012).

Outside the Lab

When I'm not working, I practice Aikido in the JHU Aikido Club. I also love urban photography. When I find myself near warm water, I love to surf, open-water kayak, and SCUBA dive. If I'm at the base of a mountain, I'm up for hiking it.


The best way to reach me is via e-mail: jbo at jhu dot edu.

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