Jason Rife

Jason Rife

(617) 627-4732
212 College Avenue, Room 153
Research/Areas of Interest:

navigation, safety-critical transportation systems, state estimation, human-robot interaction


  • Ph.D., Stanford University, United States, 2004
  • M.S., Stanford University, Stanford, United States, 1999
  • B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, United States, 1996


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 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.

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.