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Jason Rife

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Automated Systems and Robotics Lab

Jason Rife

Jason Rife

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Automated Systems and Robotics Lab

Phone 617-627-4732
Robinson Hall, Room 155
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
navigation, robotics, controls
Biography: 

The goal of the Automated Systems and Robotics Lab at Tufts University is to develop novel control, navigation, and interface technologies that ensure safe, reliable, and seamless interactions between human and machine. Jason Rife's research group is investigating formal methods for validating and bounding navigation performance to enable safety in critical automated vehicle operations. Applications include driving automated ground vehicles in highway traffic and automated aircraft landing. The lab is also analyzing the control of novel biomimetic robots constructed from soft materials.

Education: 
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2004
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1999
B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, 1996
Professional Experience: 
2013-present:

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

2007-2013:

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

2003-2007:

Research Associate, Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratories, Stanford University

1997:

Development Engineer, Pratt & Whitney

Research Interests: 

Jason Rife's research focuses on the navigation and control of autonomous vehicles and mobile robots. He joined the Tufts Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2007. Prior to arriving at Tufts, he served as a research associate in the Stanford University GPS Laboratory from 2004-2007, where he investigated the integrity of precision aircraft approach and landing systems based on differential GPS. He received his Ph.D. from the Stanford University Aerospace Robotics Lab, studying animal-tracking applications using underwater robots.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2014: Best of Track Award, ION/IEEE Position, Location, and Navigation Symposium (PLANS)
2012: Best of Session Award, Institute of Navigation GNSS Conference (ION-GNSS)
2012: Best of Track Award, ION/IEEE Position, Location, and Navigation Symposium (PLANS)
2012: Award of Excellence for Teaching, ASME Tufts Student Chapter
Selected Professional Activities: 
2015: Program Chair, Institute of Navigation International Technical Meeting (ITM)
2013: Track Chair, Institute of Navigation GNSS Conference
2004-2007, 2010-present: Member, Local Area Augmentation System Integrity Panel, Federal Aviation Administration
Professional Memberships: 
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Institute of Navigation (ION)