Matthew Hancher

Matthew Hancher is a Research Scientist in the Intelligent Robotics Group at the NASA Ames Research Center where he leads the NASA Planetary Content Team, developing satellite image processing and visualization tools to make NASA's massive planetary data holdings more accessible and useful to both scientists and the general public. He is a lead developer of the NASA Vision Workbench, an open-source high-performance image processing library. He also leads NASA's planetary data collaboration with Google, including the development of the new Google Moon as well as the NASA Gallery in Google Earth. Before diving into satellite image processing, Mr. Hancher developed autonomous robots and embedded systems, both at NASA and at the MIT Media Lab. He was the founding electrical engineer for the Media Lab's Personal Robots group (then the Robotic Life group), where he developed robot control systems for robots including Leonardo, the 69-degree of freedom humanoid successor to the now-famous Kismet robot. He was also a founding member of the award-winning MIT Project ORCA, which received acclaim in the late 90s for developing the first Linux-based autonomous underwater systems. Mr. Hancher received the Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.

Broadcast 916 (Special Edition)

Guest: Matt Hancher was the guest for this special Wednesday Space Show program. We began our discussion with an explanation of the Yuri's Night global celebrations. For more information on this event, please visit their main web page From their website, you can find where the parties are located in the United States as well as around the world. If you find there is no party near you, you can start one. Just follow the instructions on the website and add your party's information.

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