Arunkumar Rathinam, PhD Candiate

Arunkumar RathinamBiography

Arunkumar Rathinam is a PhD student in the School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications, UNSW and also associated with ACSER. He received his ERASMUS dual master's degree (MSc.) in Space Science and Technology from University of Würzburg, Germany and Luleå University of Technology, Sweden in 2015. In summer 2013, he was a research intern at the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. Between 2008 and 2012, Arun worked as a product development engineer in Bangalore, India. He received his bachelor’s degree (B.E) in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, India in 2007. In his free time, Arun loves playing badminton and watching football.

Research Interests

Spacecraft navigation, Mobile robotics, SLAM

Research Profile

With increasing number of missions to small celestial bodies in recent times, Arunkumar's research focuses on achieving autonomous navigation of spacecraft near an asteroid. His research methods are based on Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) which is more prominent in the field of mobile robotics. He hopes to develop a robust SLAM approach using on-board navigation camera and/or LIDAR, and thus help the spacecraft to accurately estimate its position relative to the celestial body.


Arunkumar Rathinam 
Postgraduate Research Student 
Australian Center for Space Engineering Research 
School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications 
Kensington Campus, Level 6, Building E10 
The University of New South Wales