Dr. Ali Agha is a Robotics Technologist and Group Leader at NASA JPL’s Autonomous and Robotic Systems Division and Caltech’s Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST). Dr. Agha’s research centers on autonomy and AI for robotic systems with a dual focus on planetary exploration and terrestrial applications. Agha led the Team CoSTAR and the development of the NeBula autonomy solution, which placed 2nd and 1st in the tunnel and urban phase of the DARPA Subterranean Challenge competitions. He currently leads JPL’s team participating in DARPA RACER program, focused on high-speed offroad self-driving cars. Previously, Dr. Agha was with Qualcomm Research, leading the perception efforts for self-flying drones and autonomous cars. Prior to that, Dr. Agha was a Postdoctoral Researcher at MIT. His research interests include artificial intelligence, autonomous decision making, and perception for robotic systems, with applications to legged robots, rovers, drones, and self-driving offroad vehicles. Dr. Agha was named NASA NIAC fellow in 2018 and was a recipient of the Lew Allen Award.
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Breakthrough in Field Robotics
(1:50pm - 2:35pm)