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flag   Patrick C. McGuire,
Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA)
Associated to NASA Astrobiology Institute


Last updated: February 2007
E-mail: mcguire [at]

Brief Biographical Information:

Research Scientist at Laboratorio de Robotica y Exploracion Planetaria of the Centro de Astrobiología.


Research Interests:

I developed 'cyborg' computer vision software for astrobiology, which will eventually be deployed on mobile robots for Mars and Europa, in order to search for signs of life on these other worlds. In order to get practice and to develop experience with this computer vision software and with the software-analysis techniques involved, my activities consisted of using this real-time image-processing software on a wearable computer with head-mounted digital video cameras, as I walked through the Earth's deserts accompanied by similarly-equipped field geologists and biologists, searching for interesting geological, hydrological and biological formations in the scenery.

Since 2005 I work as a senior research fellow at the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Department of Physics, of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. I am working on the CRISM hyperspectral imager on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, particularly on correcting CRISM's images and spectra for atmospheric effects; I have also worked on landing site selection for the Phoenix Mars Lander 2007. My current scientific interests include: ice & hydration spectroscopy, martian polar regions, as well as computer vision & robotics.

Research on Leonid MAC:

Experimenter for the Centro de Astrobiología Near-IR spectroscopy experiment.

I participated in the scientific design and operation of the experiment during the 2002 Leonid MAC mission.

CAB team

From left to right: Javier Martiín, Dr. Patrick Mcguire, and Dr. Jesus Martínez Frias in the Laboratory for Robotics and Planetary Exploration, Centro de Astrobiología

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