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Keenan Albee


4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109

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347N - Maritime and Multi-Agent Autonomy

Keenan Albee

Robotics Technologist


Dr. KeenanĀ Albee is a Robotics Technologist in the Maritime and Multi-Agent Autonomy group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Keenan received a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics (Autonomous Systems) from MIT in 2022 under a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF/NSTGRO).

At MIT, Keenan was the lead for the Space Systems Laboratory's research involving the Astrobee robots aboard the ISS, running multiple international on-orbit robotic autonomy collaborations such as autonomous rendezvous with tumbling targets. Keenan's research focuses on motion planning and control under uncertainty for mobile robotic systems, leveraging real-time tools to make autonomous robotic operations safer and more efficient. At JPL, Keenan continues to work on deploying innovative robotic systems in new and challenging environments.


  • Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics (Autonomous Systems), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2022
  • S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, 2017

Research Interests

Robotic motion planning; safe motion planning under uncertainty; model predictive control, optimal control, and trajectory optimization; information-theoretic planning