David Thompson is a research technologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, He is a Technical Group Lead of the JPL Imaging Spectroscopy Group and Investigation Scientist for NASA’s Airborne Visible Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) project. His research uses spectroscopic data to characterize Earth and other planetary bodies, with additional emphasis on real-time applications. His algorithms have guided autonomous robots and sensors fielded in North America, South America, the Atlantic Ocean, Airborne campaigns, Low Earth Orbit, and the surface of Mars. He is recipient of the NASA Early Career Achievement Medal, the Lew Allen Award for Excellence, and the NASA Software of the Year Award.
PhD in Robotics, 2008
Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science
MSc in Informatics (first degree), 2002
The University of Edinburgh, Scotland
BA in Computer Science, 2001
Carleton College, MN