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Ashkan Jasour


4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109


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347T - Robotic Aerial Mobility

Ashkan Jasour

Robotics Technologist


Dr. Ashkan Jasour is a Robotics Technologist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology. His research focuses on risk-aware planning and control under uncertainty for robotic and autonomous systems, with an emphasis on non-gaussian nonlinear problems. Before joining JPL, Dr. Jasour was a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he led a team of graduate students to develop risk-aware and robust planning and control algorithms for autonomous systems such as self-driving vehicles. In 2016, he received his PhD in Control Systems/Electrical Engineering and PhD minor in Mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Jasour was also a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). His research interests include control and planning, robotics, optimization, and artificial intelligence.


Professional Experience

  • Robotics Technologist at NASA JPL
  • Research Scientist, MIT
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, 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

Research Interests

  • Risk-Aware Planning and Control Under Uncertainty
  • Non-Gaussian Nonlinear Uncertainty Quantification

[MIT Course: Risk-Aware and Robust Nonlinear Planning], [Risk-Aware Autonomy]