Southwest Research Institute
Michael Ripperger is a Senior Research Engineer at the Southwest Research Institute. He leads the development, design, and deployment of advanced “scan and plan” robotics systems which use sensor data to autonomously perform various manufacturing tasks with minimal user guidance. In these efforts he has developed software for the perception, tool path and motion planning, hardware interface, and user interface components of these applications. He currently serves as the software lead for several automation projects in a variety of fields, including the Advanced Automation for Agile Aerospace Applications (A5) program.