Prof. Antal K. Bejczy

Quick Facts

Bejczy2Born: 01/16/1930, Sinatelep Hungary
Died: 06/25/2015, Arcadia, California
Spouse: Mrs. Margo Bejczy
Number of children: 0

In Hungary
Education: Budapest Technical University
Occupation: Adjunct Professor
Active role in the revolution: NO

In United States of America
Arrival: 1966, California
Education: California Institute of Technology
Doctor of Applied Physics(1963)
Space Research, Robotics
Spacecraft Guidance, Telerobotics
Occupation: Scientist, Robotics in Space
Workplace: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, California

Awards:

Antal K. Bejczy has made unique and fundamental contributions to the understanding and use of robotic human–machine interfaces, including novel and important enhancing roles of automation.
Bejczy received his bachelor’s degree from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary, and his master’s and doctorate from Oslo Science University, Norway. Bejczy retired as a senior research scientist from JPL in 2001, where he had worked since 1969, and continues lecturing and consulting in robotics and automation.

During his career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he pioneered the development of several innovative robot components such “smart hands” with “smart sensors” and a novel telerobotic system using a general-purpose force-reflecting hand controller for remote robot arm control that also serve the medical field. His work also led to the design of a precise microsurgical system and the development of the da Vinci surgical robot system by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., which offers less-invasive procedures. He was principal investigator of a flight experiment using a force-moment sensor enhanced “hand” on the space shuttle arm of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1994 and holds 43 NASA innovation awards.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Bejczy is retired as a senior research scientist from JPL in 2001.

Source: ieee.org


The award, sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, recognizes Bejczy for leadership and sustained contributions to a broad set of innovative robotic and automation techniques applicable to space research and on Earth. His visionary work in robotics and related automation at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the 1970s through the 1990s pioneered the development of several innovative robot components such as “smart hands” with “smart sensors”.
Bejczy was the principal investigator of a space shuttle flight experiment using a force-moment sensor enhanced “hand” on the space shuttle arm, which was performed successfully in 1994 on the Space Shuttle Columbia. This increased the arm’s dexterity and alignment accuracy, provided the operators with a sense of touch and allowed for the use of more compact handles on shuttle payloads.
Although Bejczy’s research and development also led to other functions such as the JPL design of a precise and smooth microsurgical system, and the development of the da Vinci surgical robot system.
Bejczy received his bachelor’s degree from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary, and his master’s and doctorate from Oslo Science University, Norway. Bejczy retired as a senior research scientist from JPL in 2001, where he had worked since 1969, and continues lecturing and consulting in robotics and automation.

Source: amhir.com

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