Official Bio

Alberto Candela is a member of technical staff of the Artificial Intelligence Group, Planning and Execution Section, of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.

Alberto holds a B.S. with Highest Honors in Mechatronics Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He completed an M.S. and Ph.D. in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, where he developed new methods for science-driven autonomous robotic exploration. His methods have been deployed on rovers and drones in remote locations around the world, including the Martian-like Atacama Desert.

Dr. Candela was previously a postdoc in the Artificial Intelligence Group at JPL. After arriving at JPL, he has worked on pointing planning for instruments on board Earth-observing missions, spacecraft autonomy for small body mission concepts, and advanced machine learning for imaging spectroscopy, particularly for the EMIT mission.

Dr. Candela’s research interests are in autonomous science, information-theoretic planning, machine and deep learning, probabilistic and statistical methods, robotics, and remote sensing. You can find a complete list of publications on Google Scholar.

Selected Publications