Ashkan Jasour

Robotics Technologist @ NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91101
jasour at jpl dot nasa dot gov
jasour at jpl dot caltech dot edu
jasour at mit dot edu



Research Interests: Probabilistic (Risk-Aware) Control, Planning, and Optimization for Robotic Systems
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  • ​Research Scientist
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)

  • Postdoctoral Associate
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)


    Toyota Research Institute (TRI)

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    PhD-Minor in Mathematics
    The Pennsylvania State University



Oct-2021   CDC 2021: paper on Real-Time Risk-Bounded Tube-Based Trajectory Safety Verification 

Sept-2021   Autonomous Robots: Paper on Fast nonlinear risk assessment for autonomous vehicles using learned conditional probabilistic models of agent futures

July-2021   IROS 2021: paper on Risk Conditioned Neural Motion Planning 

May-2021   I will serve as an Guest Editor for AIJ Special Issue on Risk-Aware Autonomous Systems: Theory and Practice.

May-2021   RSS 2021: paper on Risk Bounded Continuous-Time Trajectory Planning, 

Feb-2021   Journal Submission: paper on Fast Nonlinear Risk Assessment for Autonomous Vehicles Using Learned Conditional Probabilistic Models of Agent Futures

Jan-2021   Journal Submission: paper on “Moment-Based Exact Uncertainty Propagation Through Nonlinear Stochastic Autonomous Systems".

Oct-2020   INFORMS 2020: *Talk1: Risk Aware Nonlinear Planning And Control  *Talk2: Large-scale Semidefinite Programming For Certifiably Correct Machine Perception

Jul-2020   IROS 2020 and IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) papers on Non-Gaussian Chance-Constrained Trajectory Planning for Autonomous Vehicles in the Presence of Uncertain Agents.

Jul-2020   IROS 2020:  paper on Chance-Constrained Trajectory Planning for Manipulation

May-2020   RSS 2020:  paper on intention-aware real-time nonlinear risk estimation

Apr-2020  Talk:  My recent talk on chance constriend optimization @MIT-LIDS,    *Slides    *Talk Video

Dec-2019   CDC 2019:  I will present my recent work on control of probabilistic nonlinear autonomous systems at IEEE Conference on Decision and Control @ France. "Sequential Convex Chance Optimization for Flow-Tube based Control of Probabilistic Nonlinear Systems".

Jul-2019   Teaching:  I will teach "MIT 16.S498: Risk Aware and Robust Nonlinear Planning" this Fall at MIT.  For more information:

Jul-2019   Talk: I will give a talk on "Risk Bounded Nonlinear Planning" at the 3rd Summer School on Cognitive Robotics @USC.        My talk at the 2nd Summer School @MIT:

Jun-2019   RSS 2019: I will be presenting my recent work on risk bounded planning at Robotics: Science and Systems-2019 on "Risk Contours Map for Risk Bounded Motion Planning under Perception Uncertainties".