The head of NASA's Intelligent Robotics division outlines how research in space is paving the way for our future with robots on earth.
Terry Fong , NASA
Terry Fong is the Director of the Intelligent Robotics Group and Senior Scientist for Autonomous Systems at the NASA Ames Research Center. Dr. Fong currently leads the NASA Human Exploration Telerobotics (HET) project, which develops and tests advanced telerobotic systems on the International Space Station. Dr. Fong is also Deputy Lead for the NASA Resource Prospector Mission lunar rover. From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Fong was the deputy leader of the Virtual Reality and Active Interfaces Group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). From 1997 to 2000, he was Vice President of Development for Fourth Planet, Inc., a developer of real-time visualization software. Dr. Fong has published more than one hundred papers in space and field robotics, human-robot interaction, virtual reality user interfaces, and planetary mapping. Dr. Fong received his B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.