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Toni Ivanov


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-235
Pasadena, CA 91109





Toni Ivanov

Research Technologist II


I was born in Varna, Bulgaria. In my late childhood i moved to New York City with my parents. I went to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. After graduating, I moved to Los Angeles to work at JPL.


Cornell University:
Master of Engineering 2008
Bachelor of Science 2007
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professional Experience

Numenta - summer 2007
software engineer: machine learning algorithms
NYU Media Lab - summer 2005
research assistant: computer graphics

Research Interests

computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, signal processing
I work on developing Hazard Detection algorithms, processing lidar data, and field testing for the Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Project. I also work on Terrain Relative Navigation for helicopter landing. Ive worked on human pose/activity recognition using stereo data for robot human awareness.


  1. T. Ivanov, A. Huertas, J.M. Carson, "Probabilistic Hazard Detection for Autonomous Safe Landing," To appear in proc. of IEEE Aerospace Conf., 01 January 2013.
  1. A. Johnson T. Ivanov, "Analysis and Testing of a LIDAR-based Approach to Terrain Relative Navigation for Precise Lunar Landing," AIAA GNC, 01 January 2011.
  2. A. Rankin, T. Ivanov, and S. Brennan, "Methods for Evaluating the Performance of Unmanned Ground Vehicle Water Detection," International Journal of Intelligent Control and Systems, Vol.16 No.2, 01 January 2011.
  1. J. Keim A. Johnson T. Ivanov, "Field Test Implementation to Evaluate a Flash Lidar as a Primary Sensor for Safe Lunar Landing," IEEE Aerospace Conference, 01 January 2010.
  2. A. Johnson J. Keim, T. Ivanov, "Analysis of Flash Lidar Field Test Data for Safe Lunar Landing," IEEE Aerospace Conference *Best Paper Award*, 01 January 2010.
  1. T. Ivanov L. Matthies M.A.O. Vasilescu, "Head Pose Estimation Using Multilinear Subspace Analysis for Robot Human Awareness," 2nd IEEE Int. Workshop on Subspace Methods, ICCV, 01 January 2009.