Negar Mehr

Job title: 
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Aerospace Engineering

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Assitant Professor of Aerospace Engneering

Advisor: Roberto Horrowitz

Dissertation: Smart Traffic Operation: from Human-Driven Cars to Mixed Vehicle Autonomy


  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2013.

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2019

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 theoryroboticsgame 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.

Research interests: 

Research Interests

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

  • Space Systems

  • Dynamical Systems and Estimation

  • Controls

Research Areas