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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Jason Rife

Associate Professor
Automated Systems and Robotics Lab

Jason Rife

Associate Professor
Automated Systems and Robotics Lab

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

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, where he investigated the integrity of GPS-based landing systems for aircraft. He received his Ph.D. from the Stanford University Aerospace Robotics Lab, studying animal-tracking with underwater robots.

Education: 
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2004
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1999
B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, 1996
Research Interests: 

Jason Rife directs the Automated Systems and Robotics (ASAR) Lab at Tufts University. The lab's goal is to develop novel technologies that ensure safe, reliable, and seamless interactions between human and machine. A particular focus is on safety assurance for drones and other automated vehicles. As these platforms become increasingly commonplace, requirements for safety assurance, or integrity, are increasingly important. Current ASAR research examines two critical factors for verifying integrity in autonomous platforms. A first branch of research examines reliability guarantees for safety-critical sensor subsystems; a second branch examines bug monitoring in software subsystems. The key to this work has been developing guaranteed-risk bounds that are easy to compute and also tight, which ensures few continuity breaks and high availability. This work has been funded by the FAA and the NSF.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2018: Invited Speaker, International Technical Symposium on Navigation and Timing (ITSNT), Ecole Nationale de L’Aviation Civile, Toulouse, France
2017: Invited Speaker, IEEE Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Summer School (CONAV), Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
2015: Best of Session Award, Institute of Navigation GNSS Conference (ION-GNSS)
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: 
2018-2020: Secretary, Institute of Navigation Satellite Division
2018: Program Chair, Institute of Navigation GNSS Conference
2017: Track Chair, Institute of Navigation GNSS Conference
2016: General Chair, Institute of Navigation International Technical Meeting (ITM)
2015: Program Chair, Institute of Navigation International Technical Meeting (ITM)
2013: Track Chair, Institute of Navigation GNSS Conference
2004-2017: Key Technical Advisor, Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS) Integrity Panel, Federal Aviation Administration
Professional Memberships: 
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Institute of Navigation (ION)