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.
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering
- 2020-present: Professor
- 2013-2020: Associate Professor
- 2007-2013: Assistant Professor
Research Associate, Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratories, Stanford University
Development Engineer, Pratt & Whitney
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.