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Homayoun Seraji, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
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Homayoun Seraji was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1947, completed his school education in Iran, and ranked first in the national high-school diploma examinations in 1965. He graduated with a B.Sc. (First Class Honours) in Electronics from the University of Sussex, England, in 1969, and earned his Ph.D. in Control Systems at the University of Cambridge, England, in 1972. He was elected a Research Fellow at St. John's College, Cambridge, and conducted post-doctoral research and teaching for two years. In 1974, he joined Sharif (formerly Arya-Mehr) University of Technology, Iran, as a Professor of Electrical Engineering and was involved in teaching and research in control systems for ten years. He was selected a U.N. Distinguished Scientist in 1984 and spent one year at the University of New Mexico, USA, as a Visiting Professor. During his 13-year academic career, he has published extensively in the field of multivariable control systems, focusing on: optimal control, pole placement, multivariable PID controllers, and output regulation.

Dr. Seraji joined JPL in 1985 as a Senior Member of Technical Staff and additionally taught part-time at Caltech. Since 1991, he has been a Group Supervisor leading and managing a group of about 20 engineers and researchers in the Telerobotics Research and Applications Group. During his tenure at JPL, he has conducted extensive research that has led to major contributions in the field of robot control systems, particularly in: adaptive robot control, control of dexterous robots, contact control, real-time collision avoidance, rule-based robot navigation, and safe spacecraft landing. He received the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Award in 1992, the NASA Group Achievement Award in 2002 and 1991, and eight NASA Major Space Act Awards since 1995. In 2003, he received the JPL Edward Stone Award for Outstanding Research Publication. The outcome of his research in controls and robotics has been published in 98 peer-reviewed journal papers, 119 refereed conference publications, 5 contributed chapters, and has led to 10 patents.

In 1996, Dr. Seraji was appointed a Senior Research Scientist at JPL in recognition of his significant individual research contributions in the fields of controls and robotics. He was selected a Fellow of IEEE in 1997 for his contributions to robotic control technology and its space applications. In 2003, he was recognized as the most-published author in the 20-year history of the Journal of Robotic Systems.

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Control Systems Major) from the University of Cambridge, England, in July 1972 with the doctoral dissertation entitled: Design Techniques for Multivariable Control Systems and their Implementation for Computer-Aided Design.
  • B. Sc. (First Class Honours) in Electrical Engineering (Electronics Major) from the University of Sussex, England, in July 1969.

  • NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, June 1985-Present
    • Senior Research Scientist, 1996-present
    • Group Supervisor, Telerobotics Research and Applications Group, 1991-present
    • Senior Member of the Technical Staff, 1985-1991
  • Proposer, Principal Investigator, and Task Manager of the following competitively-selected NASA-funded research tasks:
    • Autonomous Reasoning for Formation Reconfiguration, 2004
    • Human-Equivalent Robot Navigation, 2003
    • Multi-Sensor Landing Hazard Detection, 2000-2001
    • Safe Navigation of Planetary Rovers on Challenging Terrain, 1999-2002
    • A Software Tool for Safe Landing, 2001
    • Smart Navigation of Mobile Robots, 1998-99
    • Robotics Technologies for Space Station Maintenance, 1997-98
    • Obstacle Detection & Collision Avoidance Ranger Flight Experiment, 1995-97
    • Healthcare Robotics, 1996
    • Technology Transfer to Robotics Research Corporation, 1995-96
    • Dexterous Manipulator Control - Remote Surface Inspection, 1990-95
    • Redundant 7DOF Arm Control  Flight Telerobotic Servicer, 1987-90
    • Manipulator Control Mechanization - Telerobotics Testbed, 1985-87
  • Proposer and Principal Investigator of the following competitively-selected research tasks funded by the Director's Research & Development Fund (DRDF):
    • Adaptive Path Planner and Navigator for Planetary Rovers using Fuzzy Logic and Genetic Algorithms, 1997-98
    • Autonomous Reasoning for Safe Landing, 2001-02
  • Part-time lecturer in Engineering Department at the California Institute of Technology during 1985-86, 1988-90, and 1991-92 academic years
  • University of New Mexico, August 1984-June 1985
  • Visiting Full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Sharif (formerly Arya-Mehr) University of Technology, Iran, July 1974-August 1984
  • Full Professor of Electrical Engineering from April 1981 to August 1984
  • Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering from July 1976 to April 1981
  • Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering from July 1974 to July 1976
  • University of Cambridge, England, May 1972-July 1974
  • Research Fellow and part-time lecturer at the Engineering Department

Flight Project and Research Task Involvement

Research Tasks:
Multi-Sensor Hazard Assessment and Safe Site Selection


  • Recognized as the most-published author in the 20-year history (1983-2003) of the Journal of Robotic Systems, 2003.
  • Received the JPL Edward Stone Award for Outstanding Research Publication, 2003.
  • Received two NASA Group Achievement Awards for the Safe Rover Navigation Team, 2002, and the Telerobotics Technology Team, 1991.
  • Selected by IEEE to the highest membership rank of Fellow for contributions to robotic control technology and its space applications, 1997.
  • Appointed a Senior Research Scientist at JPL in recognition of significant individual research contributions in the fields of controls and robotics, 1996.
  • Received eight NASA Major Space Act Awards for outstanding contributions to robotic control technology, 1995-present.
  • Received the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for significant original contributions to robotic manipulator control technology, 1992.
  • Received the UNESCO Distinguished Fellowship in Science as the only recipient of this international award worldwide, 1984.
  • Selected as a Research Fellow and a Member of the Governing Body of St. John's College, Cambridge University, England, on the merit of doctoral research and publications, 1972.
  • Received a Research Scholarship from Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, England, 1969.
  • Graduated with First Class Honours (Summa Cum Laude) in the B.Sc. examinations at Sussex University, England, 1969.
  • Received the Medal of Science awarded by the Ministry of Education, Iran, for ranking the highest (Valedictorian) in the national high-school diploma examinations throughout Iran, 1965.

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