Jonathan P. How

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R.C. Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

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Administrative Assistant
Financial Officer
Academic Degrees

B.A.Sc., 1987, University of Toronto S.M., 1990, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D., 1993, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Honors and Awards

 2012 — recipient of the AIAA Best Paper Award from the 2011 Guidance Navigation and Control the AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Technical Committee for the paper "Decentralized Information-Rich Planning and Hybrid Sensor Fusion for Uncertainty Reduction in Human-Robot Missions'' by S. Ponda et al.;  2011 — Awarded prize for the "Best Applications paper published in Automatica  over the past three years" for paper H.L. Choi and J.P. How, "Continuous trajectory planning of mobile sensors for informative forecasting," Vol. 46, Issue 8, Pages 1266-1275; 2011 — National Instruments Graphical System Design Achievement Award (Education category); 2009 — appointed Richard C. Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT; 2008 — Boeing Special Invention Award; 2007 — Best Paper Presentation at 100th Meeting of the Aerospace Control and Guidance Systems Committee; 2006-2008 - Raymond L. Bisplinghoff Fellow for MIT AeroAstro Department;  2000-2002 — Boeing Associate Professor, MIT; 2002 — Burka Award for outstanding achievement in the preparation of papers contributing to the advancement of navigation and space guidance; 1997-1999 — Charles Powell Faculty Scholar, Stanford Univ.; 1995 - NASA Certificate of Appreciation for MACE; 1994-1997 — Davis Faculty Scholar, Stanford University.

Society Memberships

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Fellow; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Fellow

Positions Held at MIT

7/09 - present Richard C. Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
7/07 - 6/09 Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT
4/00 - 6/07 Associate Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT, (Tenured in 2003)
2/93 - 8/94 PostDoctoral Associate, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

Specialization and Research Interests

Navigation and control; design and implementation of distributed robust planning algorithms to coordinate multiple autonomous vehicles in dynamic uncertain environments; adaptive flight control to enable autonomous agile flight and aerobatics; experimental and theoretical robust control

Teaching Interests

Feedback control, navigation and estimation, optimal control