I'm a research fellow in the Stanford University Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. I completed my PhD in Aerospace Engineering at Stanford, funded by the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. My current research is focused on decision-making in safety-critical, climate, and space systems, where operational decisions must be made made quickly and correctly in complex environments while still being explainable and understandable by human stakeholders. I love space exploration and solving hard problems with good people.
I'm currently the Executive Director of the Stanford Center for AI Safety, and a post-doctoral researcher with appointments in Mineral-X and the Stanford Intelligent Systems Laboratory (SISL). I also consult with companies, particularly space start-ups, on technical leadership, software engineering, engineering operations, and technical analysis. I'm open to new opportunities.
Prior to this, I started and led the Spacecraft Operations Group at Capella Space, the first US commercial synthetic aperture radar Earth imaging constellation. There I developed the first fully-automated mission operations software, realizing lights-out tasking-to-delivery of radar satellite data for a commercial constellation. I subsequently started and led the Constellation Operations and Space Safety Groups at Project Kuiper. Most recently, I was a Principal Applied Scientist at Amazon Web Services, where I worked on building software services for large-scale distributed edge compute applications.

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Selected Publications

Task Planning for Earth Observing Satellite Systems

Duncan Eddy

PhD thesis, Stanford University, 2021

A Maximum Independent Set Method for Scheduling Earth-Observing Satellite Constellations

Duncan Eddy and Mykel Kochenderfer

AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 2021

Markov Decision Processes for Multi-Objective Satellite Task Planning

Duncan Eddy and Mykel Kochenderfer

IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2020

The Capella X-Band SAR Constellation for Rapid Imaging

Craig Stringham, Gordon Farquharson, Davide Castelletti, Eric Quist, Lucas Riggi, Duncan Eddy, and Scott Soenen

IGARSS - International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2019