Ali-akbar Agha-mohammadi (Ali Agha)
Dr. Agha's research focuses on autonomy for robotic systems and spacecrafts. Dr. Agha is the group leader for JPL's Aerial Mobility Group. He also leads the Team CoSTAR and the development of the NeBula autonomy solution at JPL, which won the 2020 DARPA Challenge: Subterranean Urban Challenge. His team also developed autonomous multi-robot solutions, which placed second at the 2019 DARPA Challenge, Tunnel competition. At JPL, Dr. Agha is leading several robotic autonomy projects with a dual focus on planetary exploration and terrestrial applications. Previously, he 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.