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Hari Nayar


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-219

Pasadena, CA 91109

Member of:

347F - Robotic Surface Mobility

Hari Das Nayar

Group Supervisor


Hari Nayar is a principal technologist and supervisor of Robotic Surface Mobility Group Group in the Mobility and Robotics Systems Section at JPL with over 30 years of experience in the development of robotics systems. He has worked on a variety of robotics research projects at JPL including leading pioneering work in the development of a telerobotic system to assist surgeons perform microsurgery and developing algorithms and control software for robotic systems. He was a Visiting Lecturer in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UCLA in 2000 and 2001. In 2002, he started up a company to develop robotics educational software. He returned to JPL in 2007 to continue his role as a task manager and technical contributor on robotics research tasks.


B.S. (1984) Mechanical Engineering MIT
M.S. (1984) Mechanical Engineering MIT
Sc. D. (1989) Mechanical Engineering MIT

Professional Experience

Robotics Research at JPL 2007-present.
Founder and President, OphirTech 2002-2007.
Robotics Research at JPL 1990-2002.
Visiting Lecturer at UCLA 2001-2002.
Engineering Consultant at Systemantics, Inc. 1989-1990.

Research Interests

Generalized approaches for modeling, analysis and control of robotics systems.
Optimal design and configuration of mechanisms for robotics.
Robotics systems for medical and extreme environmental applications.