James "Oz" Osborn

Jim “Oz” Osborn is a Senior Project Scientist in Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute and Assistant Director of the Field Robotics Center.  He has fifteen years of professional experience in robotics research, development and system integration, with emphasis on environmental and nuclear applications.

He is currently an investigator on the Skyworker project that is developing robots to assemble, maintain and inspect orbiting solar power facilities. He is also co-PI of the Robotic Task Space Analyzer project that is developing 3D vision capabilities to guide robots through nuclear facility dismantling and decommissioning tasks. He was PI or co-PI of several projects, including NASA/DOE’s Pioneer robot targeted for use inside the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, DOE’s Rosie mobile worksystem, DOE’s Artisan automatic object recognition system, an autonomous excavation planning and control system for the Air Force’s robotic ordnance recovery program, NASA’s Dante I volcano explorer, and two prototype waste site investigation robots for the EPA.  As a Research Engineer, he led the development of control systems for the Remote Work Vehicle and Remote Core Sampler used in recovery of Three Mile Island Unit II and a testbed for underground mine navigation research for the US Bureau of Mines. He has authored 25 papers and technical reports on robotic systems and applications.

Mr. Osborn received his BS in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering in 1981 and an MS in Environmental Engineering in 1985, both from Carnegie Mellon University.  He currently serves on the American Nuclear Society Robotics and Remote Systems Division’s Executive Committee and was Technical Co-Chair of the ANS 8th Topical Meeting on Robotics and Remote Systems. He is a Director of the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC) and was General Chair of IAARC’s 14th International Symposium.  Mr. Osborn is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, the Association for Robotics in Hazardous Environments, and Eta Kappa Nu.