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     Date Submitted:02-03-2011
     Last Modified:09-04-2014 (11:51)
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     Current job:Post-doctoral Research Fellow
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:, , Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsEngineering, robotics, space, exploration, graphical user interface



    School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE),

    Arizona State University

    Arizona, USA

    June 2011 – Present

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    ·   Designed, built and implemented hardware and algorithms required to demonstrate a new underwater wireless multi-hop robotic sensor network. This network will enable the extended remote monitoring of hydrothermal vents’ environments such as those located at 1500 meters below the sea level off the coast of Washington state, U.S.A.

    ·   Designed funding strategies for research proposals as part of an inter-organizational team including personnel from SESE and other institutions. Underwater robotic sensor network proposal was awarded $300k via the Division of Ocean Sciences, Ocean Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination program of the National Science Foundation, U.S.A. (OCE-1213070)

    ·   Designed, developed, and evaluated an in-situ volcano monitor capable of continuously acquire and transmit gaseous and meteorological data. This monitor has been operational since early May, 2012 at the Telica volcano, delivering its data every two hours on a daily basis to a web-server for its analysis and display.

    ·   Supervised and led research that evaluated the performance of multiple sampling path strategies for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) in order to measure the quality of water resources such as Lake Pleasant, Phoenix, U.S.A.

    ·   Supervised and led undergraduate and graduate students during the design, evaluation and implementation of software and hardware for an AUV to be deployed at a subglacial lake in Antarctica.

    Central American Association of Aeronautics and Space (ACAE)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

    July 2012 – Present

    Director of Technology Projects

    ·   Organized the first Costa Rican National ARLISS (A Rocket Launch International Student’s Satellite, Competition. This competition is based on the ARLISS Competition held in Black Rock desert, Reno, Nevada since 1999 where teams of students design an autonomous robot to safely navigate back to a goal after a rocket launched it up to 12,000ft in Nevada. The winning team from the Costa Rican competition became the first representation from Latin America to compete in the ARLISS competition held in the USA.

    Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratory, Advanced Telecommunication Research Institute International

    Kyoto, Japan

    Feb 2010 - May 2011

    Research Scientist

    ·   Led research on the single-operator multiple-entities teleoperation paradigm within the context of social mobile robots.

    ·   Supervised undergraduate and graduate students during the design, testing and implementation of software platforms to be used during experiments in real world environments, e.g. shopping malls.

    ·   Designed, programmed and implemented software to simultaneously teleoperate multiple social mobile robots in real world environments.


    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

    California, USA

    Sep - Dec 2007

    International Student Intern, InSitu Intrumentation Lab

    ·   Designed, programmed and implemented a volcano in-situ monitor system to be integrated with JPL’s Earth Science’s Sensor Web. Its two-way communication was performed through an Iridium satellite network.

    ·   Deployed various volcano in-situ monitors at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano which successfully operated for over 2 years without maintenance.

    ·   Completed performance tests on the Tumbleweed Rover, which was deployed at the South Pole to better comprehend its poorly studied wind conditions.


    Ängstrom Aerospace Corporation

    Uppsala, Sweden

    Oct - Nov 2005

    International Student Intern

    ·   Developed a Graphical User Interface (GUI) based on Java technology to be implemented in the company’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) search and rescue project.

    ·   Allowed remote, safe and accurate teleoperation of the UAV by taking into account state-of-the-art GUI design guidelines particularly those proposed by the human-robot interaction (HRI) field.


    Johnson Space Center, NASA

    Texas, USA

    March - Dec 2001

    International Student Intern, Advanced Space Propulsion Laboratory

    ·   Researched and recommended a power supply for implementation in the High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) magnets.

    ·   Developed a Miniature Mass Spectrometer (MMS) experiment on the Variable Specific Impulse Magneto Plasma Rocket (VASIMR).

    ·   Designed, tested and implemented a timing control system at the Lagmuir probes, inside of the VASIMR enabling scientists observed more precisely the flow, temperature and density of the rocket’s plasma.


    Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE)

    San José, Costa Rica

    December 2000

    Student Intern

    ·   Designed and developed control monitoring systems for power centers within telecommunication centers.

    ·   Developed a new maintenance procedure for the control systems at the telecommunication centers.


    Universidad Interamericana de Costa Rica

    San José, Costa Rica

    Jan - Dec 1999

    Physics Laboratory Teacher Assistant

    ·   Prepared laboratory classes and equipment.

    ·   Conducted lectures in professor’s absence.





    Tohoku University, Space Robotics Laboratory

    Sendai, Japan

    2003 - 2009

    Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering


    2006 - 2009

    ·   Developed a mapping and navigation strategy for lunar exploration based on a novel combination of global and local path planning methodologies.

    M.Eng., Aerospace Engineering


    2003 - 2006

    ·   Developed an assisted navigation system to support a human during the teleoperation of a team of mobile robots in a search-and-rescue mission. Field trials utilized the Japanese Engineering Test Satellite-VIII.

    Universidad Interamericana de Costa Rica

    Heredia, Costa Rica

    1998 - 2001

    B.Sc. Electronics Engineering Degree



    ·   Design an autonomous monitoring system for Costa Rica’s ICE power central stations.


    -Short Term Courses-



    Australian Centre of Field Robotics

    Sydney, Australia

    January 2009

    ·  Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) Summer School



    International Space University

    Beijing, China

    June-August 2007

    ·   Summer Session Program






    TEDxPuraVida (in preparation)

    San José, Costa Rica

    February, 2014

    ·        Improving Costa Rica one robot at a time



    University of Advancing Technology

    Arizona, USA

    November, 2011

    ·        Space Exploration through Mobile Robots


    Singularity University, AMES Research Center, NASA

    California, USA

    August, 2011

    ·        Lunar Robotic Exploration based on 3D Terrain Analysis




    ·    Grant from the Geophysics department of the Division of Earth Sciences under the Innovation Corps program of National Science Foundation, U.S.A. (I-Corps NSF-12-602).

    ·    Grant from the Division of Ocean Sciences, Ocean Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination program of the National Science Foundation, U.S.A. (OCE-1213070, ~US$300,000).

    ·    Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology scholarship (Full scholarship for over 6 years).

    ·    International Space University Scholarship award. (US$10,000).

    ·    Japanese Alumni Society (JASI) grant (US$10,000).

    ·    Australian Centre of Field Robotics (ACFR) scholarship (US$2,000).




    Book Chapter

    ·        Mora, A., Nagatani K. and Yoshida, K: “Path Planning for Space Exploration Mobile Robots”, in Mobile Robots Navigation, In-Tech, March, 2010. ISBN 978-953-307-076-6

    International Peer-reviewed Journals and Conferences

    ·        Mora, A., Wells, G., Ganger, D., Zhang, J., Hu X., Zhou C., Richa, A., Youngbull, C.: “Ad-Hoc Multi-hop Underwater Optical Network for Deep Ocean Monitoring”, IEEE Oceans 2013, September, 2013.

    ·        Mora, A., Ho C., Saripalli S.: “Analysis of Adaptive Sampling Techniques for Underwater Vehicles”, Autonomous Robots, vol. 35, no. 2-3, pp. 111-122, October, 2013. DOI 10.1007/s10514-013-9337-0.

    ·        Mora A., Glas F. D., Kanda T., Hagita N.: “A Teleoperation Approach for Mobile Social Robots Incorporating Automatic Gaze Control and 3D Spatial Visualization”; IEEE Trans. on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. Part A: Systems and Humans, vol.43, no.3, pp.630-642, May 2013.

    ·        Ho C., Mora A., Saripalli S.: “An Evaluation of Sampling Path Strategies For An Autonomous Underwater Vehicle”;  in Proc. of the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2012), St. Paul Minnesota, USA, 14-18         May, 2012.

    ·        Ding L., Nagatani K., Sato K., Mora A., Yoshida K., Gao H., Deng Z.: “Terramechanics-based high-fidelity dynamics simulation for wheeled mobile robot on deformable rough terrain”; in Proc. of the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2010), Anchorage, Alaska, USA, 3-7 May 2010.

    ·        Mora, A., Nagatani, K.and Yoshida, K.: “A Path Planning System based on 3D Occlusion Detection for Lunar Exploration Rovers”; in Proc. of the 2009 IEEE/CS Space Missions Challenges for Information Technologies (SMC-IT2009), Pasadena, California, USA, July 2009.

    ·        Chacin, M., Mora, A., and Yoshida, K.: “Motion Control of Multi-Limbed Robots for Asteroid Exploration Missions”, in Proc. of the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2009)Kobe, Japan, May 2009.

    ·        Mora, A., Ishigami, G., Nagatani, K.andYoshida, K.: “Sensing Position Planning for Lunar Exploration Rovers”; IEEE International Conference onMechatronics and Automation (ICMA 2008), Takamatsu, Japan,August 5-8, 2008.

    ·        Davies, A. G., Tran, D. Q., Mandrake L., Boudreau K., Cecava J., Mora A., Behar A., Chien S., Castano R., Frye S.,Mandl D., Ong L., Kyle P.,Wright R.: “The Model-Based Volcano Sensor Web: Progress in 2007”, in Proc. of the 2008 NASA Earth Science Technology Conference (ESTEC 2008), Maryland, USA, June, 2008.

    ·        Reina, G., Mora, A., Nagatani, K.and Yoshida, K.: “Adaptive Kalman Filtering for GPS-based Mobile Robot Localization”; IEEE International Conference onSafety, Security and Rescue Robotics (SSRR 2007), Roma, Italy,September 27-29, 2007.

    ·        Mora, A., Axelson, D., Chacin, M., Nagatani, K. and Yoshida, K.: "Assisted-Teleoperated Navigation System based on 3D Mapping"; 1st IEEE-System Council, Honolulu Hawaii, April 9-12, 2007.

    ·        Mora A., Mizuuchi K., Endo D., Rohmer E., Nagatani K., and Yoshida K.:"Development of a Networked Robotic System for Disaster Mitigation -Navigation System based on 3D Geometry Acquisition-";2006 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2006), October 2006.

    ·        Chacin, M., Rohmer E., Mora A. and Yoshida, K.: "A High Level Teleoperation Platform for Space Robotic Missions''; The Space Missions Challenges for Information Technologies (SMC-IT2006), Pasadena, California, July 2006.

    ·        Diaz, J. A., Mora, A., Chang Diaz, F., Squire, J. P., Jacobson, V., McCaskill, G., Rohrs, H., Chhatwal, R.: "Test of Miniature Double Focusing Mass Spectrometer at the Advanced Space Propulsion Laboratory (ASPL) for the real time plasma monitoring". Journal of the Mass Spectrometry Society, vol. 21, pp. 515-525, April 2002.



    ·        Experience with electronic design and drawing of PCBs using OrCad Capture/OrCad Layout and Eagle (Circuit design).

    ·        Mechanical and Structural drawing design using AutoCAD and SolidWorks.

    ·        Expert in Java (including Java 3D). Proficient in C programming language, MATLAB and Assembler.

    ·        Vast experience in IDEs such as Eclipse and NetBeans.

    ·        Experienced in markup and scripting languages such as HTML, CSS, XML and Javascript.

    ·        Proficient in the typesetting language LateX.

    ·        Languages: Fluent in Spanish and English, Proficient in Japanese.



    professional associations

    ·        Active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) and the IEEE Computer Society.

    ·        Active member of the Phoenix IEEE TISP/EIC section. Volunteer assistant professor for K-12 children for the Phoenix, Tempe and surrounding metropolitan areas.

    ·        Costa Rican National Representative (National Point of Contact, NPoC) for the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). SGAC is an organization for young professionals in the space technology sector within the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPOUS) of the United Nations (UN).

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