Carnegie Mellon University
Building 23 (MS 23-11)
Moffett Field, CA 94035
Phone: (650) 604-5129
Lorenzo Flückiger, Senior Systems Scientist
Areas of Interest
mechanical design, robot kinematics, rover navigation, haptic devices, simulation, distributed systems and software architecture and design
Lorenzo Flückiger is a Senior Systems Scientist at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, working on robotic projects for the NASA Ames Research Center. He currently leads the K-REX rover project for the Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) and is a collaborator for the “Mars Science Laboratory” mission.
After a Master in Micro-Engineering, Lorenzo completed his Ph.D. in Robotics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, creating a new virtual reality based interface for robot manipulators. A successful company is currently selling products directly derived from his Ph.D. thesis. Next, Lorenzo pursued a Post-Doc at the NASA Ames Research Center, where he integrated his novel haptic device with the visualization software developed for the Mars Polar Lander Mission.
Since 2001 Lorenzo has been working for the NASA Ames Research Center. He started as the lead architect of the Mission Simulation Facility (MSF). MSF has been used to develop, integrate and demonstrate autonomous software for the "Intelligent Systems" program. Then he joined IRG focusing his work on autonomous mobile robots. He participated in the Peer-to-Peer Human-Robot Interaction and took part in several robotic field tests performed in Moon/Mars analog environments. Lorenzo has lead the rover software team for several years. He was responsible for the software architecture and the continuous navigation system of the K10 rover, with an emphasis on robot software architecture to support distributed control and human interactions