David Lees

Expertise: Robotics, Human/Computer Interaction
Affiliation: NASA Ames Research Center/Carnegie Mellon University
Certification/Education: PhD Mech. Eng, Stanford University
MS Mech. Eng, Stanford University
BS Electrical Engineering/Computer Science, Johns Hopkins Univ.

BASALT Research Objectives

Explore ways to use neo-geography tools and techniques, interactive user interfaces and robotics technology to improve the efficiency and scientific return of remote field science expeditions in both space and terrestrial applications.



David Lees is a research scientist in the Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) at NASA Ames Research Center. His current work is focused on the development and assessment of IRG’s Exploration Ground Data Systems (xGDS) software tools. xGDS has been used in multiple NASA mission analogs (including NEEMO, PLRP and D-RATS), and is intended as a testbed/prototype of new ground control tools concepts for future NASA missions.  Dr. Lees was also responsible for the integration of portions of IRG’s xGDS tools into the flight data systems of the MER and Phoenix missions to support 3-D visualization for science analysis and is currently supporting the MSL mission. He previously helped to develop IRG’s 3-D visualization and simulation software (Viz/VERVE), which is used for scientific analysis and rover control in both IRG’s Analog field tests and on the MER and Phoenix missions. David’s overall research interests center on user interfaces, automated analysis and organization of field science data and 3-D visualization.