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Ashkan Jasour


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Pasadena, CA


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Ashkan Jasour

Robotics Technologist


Ashkan Jasour is a Robotics Technologist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology. Before joining JPL, he was a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research focuses on risk-aware planning, control, and optimization under uncertainty for robotic and autonomous systems, with an emphasis on non-Gaussian nonlinear problems. In 2016, he received his PhD in Control Systems/Electrical Engineering and PhD minor in Mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University. He was also a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).



  • Research Scientist, MIT
  • Postdoctoral Associate, MIT, Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The Pennsylvania State University
  • PhD Minor, Mathematics, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.Sc./B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Control Systems

Professional Experience

  • Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Pilot
  • Robotics Technologist at NASA JPL
  • Research Scientist at MIT
  • Postdoctoral Researcher at MIT, Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)


  1. T. S. Vaquero, G. Daddi, R. Thakker, M. Paton, A. Jasour, M. Strub, R. M. Swan, R. Royce, M. Gildner, P. Tosi, M. Veismann, P. Gavrilov, E. Marteau, J. Bowkett, D. Loret de Mola Lemus, Y. Kumar Nakka, B. Hockman, A. Orekhov, T. Hasseler, C. Leake, B. Nuernberger, P. Proenca, W. Reid, W. Talbot, N. Georgiev, T. Pailevanian, A. Archanian, E. Ambrose, J. Jasper, R. Etheredge, C. Roman, D. Levine, K. Otsu, S. Yearicks, H. Melikyan, R. Rieber, K. Carpenter, J. Nash, A. Jain, L. Shiraishi, M. Robinson, M. Travers, H. Choset, J. Burdick, A. Gardner, M. Cable, M. Ingham, and M. Ono, "EELS: Autonomous Snake-like Robot with Task and Motion Planning Capabilities for Ice World Exploration," Science Robotics, vol. 9, no. 88, 13 March 2024.
  2. J. Anderson, T. Brown, M. Cacan, A. Jasour, N. Rothenberger, "Lessons From Ingenuity’s Climb Up Jezero Crater Delta," 2024 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, USA, 02 March 2024.
  3. M. Ono, R. Thakker, N. Georgiev, P. Gavrilov, A. Archanian, T. Drevinskas, G. Daddi, M. Paton, H. Melikyan, T. Pailevanian, C. Lopez, E. Ambrose, B. Jones, L. Tosi, M. Gildner, B. Hockman, D. Loret de Mola Lemus, D. Pastor Moreno, T. Hasseler, Y. Kumar Nakka, E. Marteau, B. Nuernberger, M. Peticco, M. Cable, P. Proenca, M. Malaska, J. Bowkett, A. Jasour, M. Ingham, J. Nash, D. Balentine, A. Barchowsky, F. Bevreng, K. Botteon, M. Caballero, K. Carpenter, M. Chodas, A. Daca, J. Feldman, A. Gardner, A. Goddu, A. Jain, C. Jin, M. Khanum, R. Kornfeld, G. Mark, B. Morrell, J. Naish, W. Reid and R. Etheredge, "To Boldly Go Where No Robots Have Gone Before – Part 1: EELS Robot to Spearhead a New One-Shot Exploration Paradigm with In-situ Adaptation," AIAA Scitech 2024 Forum, Orlando, Florida, USA, pp. 1-23, 08 January 2024.
  1. A. Jasour, W. Han, B. Williams, "Convex Risk-Bounded Continuous-Time Trajectory Planning and Tube Design in Uncertain Nonconvex Environments," The International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR), 31 July 2023.
  2. S. Teng, A. Jasour, R. Vasudevan, M. Jadidi, "Convex Geometric Motion Planning on Lie Groups via Moment Relaxation," Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS), Best Paper Award Finalist, 12 July 2023.
  3. J. Miller, M. Tacchi, M. Sznaier, A. Jasour, "Peak Value-at-Risk Estimation for Stochastic Differential Equations using Occupation Measures," IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), 10 May 2023.
  4. Federico Rossi, Dan Allard, Rashied Amini, Tiago Stegun Vaquero, Nihal Dhamani, Mathieu Choukroun, Vandi Verma, Marijke Jorristma, Scott Davidoff, Raymond Francis, Ellen Van Wyk, Ashkan Jasour, Mark Hofstadter, Bennett Huffman, Anthony Barrett, Michel Ingham, Rebecca Castano, "Workflows. User Interfaces, and Algorithms for Operations of Autonomous Spacecraft," IEEE Aerospace Conference, pp. 1-17, 04 March 2023.
  5. W. Han, A. Jasour, B. Williams, "Real-Time Tube-Based Non-Gaussian Risk Bounded Motion Planning for Stochastic Nonlinear Systems in Uncertain Environments via Motion Primitives," The 2023 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 02 March 2023.
  6. W. Han, A. Jasour, B. Williams, "Non-Gaussian Uncertainty Minimization Based Control of Stochastic Nonlinear Robotic Systems," The 2023 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 02 March 2023.
  7. Y. Shimizu, A. Jasour, M. Ghaffari, S. Kato, "Moment-based Kalman Filter: Nonlinear Kalman Filtering with Exact Moment Propagation," IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 22 January 2023.