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.
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering
- 2013-present: Associate Professor
- 2007-2013: Assistant Professor
Research Associate, Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratories, Stanford University
Development Engineer, Pratt & Whitney
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.