Renato Zanetti

Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
Controls, Autonomy and Robotics
Orbital Mechanics

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests:

  • Stochastic estimation of non-linear/non-Gaussian dynamical systems
  • GNC of autonomous systems
  • Spacecraft attitude dynamics, determination, and control
  • Simulation of large, complex dynamical systems
  • Vision-based navigation
  • Sensor fusion, sensor technology, and sensor utilization planning

Renato Zanetti specializes in estimation of complex dynamical systems and autonomous onboard navigation. He joined the UT faculty in 2017. Prior to joining UT he worked at the C.S. Draper Laboratory and at the NASA Johnson Space Center for more than nine years, where he contributed to the successful design and flight of numerous autonomous space navigation systems.

Zanetti's current research includes on-board image processing and optical navigation, non-linear estimation of non-Gaussian/non-linear systems, sensor fault detection and utilization strategy, and autonomous spacecraft GN&C.

Zanetti is a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society (AAS), an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the chair of AAS Space-Flight Mechanics Technical Committee. His work contributed to a successful EFT-1 flight and the selection of the Orion EFT-1 GN&C flight-software as the recipient of the 2015 NASA software of the year award. He also received a NASA Technical Excellence Award (2012), several NASA Group achievement awards, and two NASA On The Spot Awards.

Recent Awards and Honors