Negar Mehr

319D Talbot Lab MC 234

104 S. Wright Street

Urbana Illinois 61801

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a cross appointment at the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL). The focus of my research is to develop control algorithms that allow autonomous systems to become prevalent and integrated into the fabric of human life, and further once integrated, act in the favor of society. Specifically, I am interested in developing control algorithms that enable safe, interactive, and altruistic autonomy. To this end, I draw from the fields of control theory, robotics, game theory, and machine learning. I was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford from 2019 to 2020. I received my PhD in Mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley in 2019 and received my bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in 2013.


Dec 13, 2020 Our paper titled “RAT iLQR: A Risk Auto-Tuning Controller to Optimally Account for Stochastic Model Mismatch” got accepted at the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L).
Nov 10, 2020 Our paper titled “A Game Theoretic Macroscopic Model of Lane Choices at Traffic Diverges with Applications to Mixed-Autonomy Networks” got accepted at the Transportation Research Part B journal.
Oct 15, 2020 I gave a talk on “Team Teaching in the Time of Covid-19” at the UIUC Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education (AE3).
Sep 21, 2020 I am honored to be awarded the First Place 2020 IEEE ITSS Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award, for my thesis “Smart Traffic Operation: from Human-Driven Cars to Mixed Vehicle Autonomy”.
Aug 16, 2020 I joined UIUC Aerospace Engineering department as an assistant professor.