Midhun_Sreekumar_Menon
Post Doctoral Associate
Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy

Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy
University of Colorado
389 UCB
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0389

Midhun is an SSERVI funded Post Doctoral Associate working on the development of a lunar environment simulator for surface telerobotics and remote exploration. The focus of the research will be on the mechanical and optical modeling of lunar regolith to help pro-actively avoid contingencies arising from the following two aspects.

  1. Skid-slip-sinkage of rover wheels which can result in loss of tracking/control of the rover.
  2. Backscatter and shadow hiding at low phase angles which can cause temporary blinding/saturation of optical sensors. 

He received his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Science in Robotics. His research interests include theoretical kinematics, dynamics, path planning, obstacle avoidance, and classical control.