Dr. Frances Zhu
Spacecraft and Mission Design, Dynamics and Control, Machine Learning, Robotics, Intelligent Systems
Ph.D., Cornell University, NY, 2019
+1 808 956 5738, +1 913 777 9595


My research revolves around exploring faraway, scientifically-rich environments, like the surface of Europa and Titan or the rings of Saturn, by applying my dynamics and control knowledge and integrating machine learning models for better autonomy and adaptability. I hope to develop these intelligent robots to autonomously navigate and probe scientific hotbeds in extreme terrains intermediately on Earth, like glaciers, hydrothermal vents, and underwater volcanoes, which offer analogues to space environments and independently have scientific value.

Relevant Links:

Mailing Address
Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
1680 East-West Road, POST Building, Office 602
Honolulu, HI 96822
Back To Top