JONATHAN P. HOW

Richard Cockburn Maclaurin
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Aerospace Controls Laboratory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Control Systems Magazine

Email: jhow@mit.edu

Main Office: 31-233 Map or LIDS Office: 32-D626 Map
MIT, 77 Mass. Ave., Cambridge MA 02139
Phone: 617-253-3267 and Fax: 617-253-7397


For administrative assistance, please contact Britton 'Bryt' Bradley at (617) 253-6583

Decentralized Planning using Macro-actions: Dec-POSMDP Hardware Experiments
Chance Constrained RRT - exploring solution using overhead projector system
Variable Pitch Quadrotor designed for agile/inverted flight (hi-res)
Tutorial on quadrotor flight control - video made for MIT, now used by Kahn Academy
Controlling Self Driving Cars - tutorial on PID control
Battery change/recharge station enabling persistent autonomous quadrotor flight

Research Interests

Current Research Projects
Google Scholar page
Papers Available for Download
My Research Group

IEEE Control Systems Magazine Editorials

February 2015 Benchmarks
April 2015 Top Equations in the Field
June 2015 Shared Responsibility for Reviewing Papers
August 2015 Meeting Etiquette
October 2015 Autonomy Technology Road Maps
December 2015 The First Year as EIC
February 2016 Conference Presentations
April 2016 Human-Autonomy Teaming
June 2016 Iron Ring
August 2016 IEEE Control Systems Society Enrollment
October 2016 Technical Surprises
December 2016 End-of-Year Summary
February 2017 Referees
April 2017 Letters of Reference
June 2017 Open Review Process
August 2017 Research Cycles
October 2017 Future Directions in Control
December 2017 End-of-Year Summary
February 2018 Getting Involved in the IEEE Control Systems Society
April 2018 Future Controls Courses
June 2018 Ethically Aligned Design
Aug 2018 Control Systems Reproducibility Challenge

Background and Positions

7/09 -
Richard C. Maclaurin Professor MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
7/07 - 6/09
Professor, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
4/00 - 7/07
Associate Professor, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (tenured 2003)
4/00 - 12/02
Consulting Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
9/94 - 3/00
Assistant Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University,
in the Aerospace Robotics Laboratory
1/93 - 9/94 
Postdoctoral Associate, Space Engineering Research Center 
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT
2/90 - 1/93 
Ph.D., Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT 
Robust Control Design with Real Parameter Uncertainty using Absolute Stability Theory
9/87 - 2/90 
S.M., Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT 
Local Control Design Methodologies for a Hierarchic Control Architecture.
9/83 - 6/87 
B.A.Sc., Engineering Science (Aerospace), University of Toronto.

Class Materials Available for Download

Feedback Control Systems (2007 OCW) and (2010 On Stellar)
Stochastic Estimation & Control (2009 On Stellar)
Principles of Optimal Control (2008 OCW) and (2009 On Stellar)
Aircraft Stability & Control (OCW)
Aerospace Dynamics (OCW)

Selected Honours

2018 Elevated to IEEE Fellow
2017 Department of the Air Force Commander's Public Service Award
2017 Co-author for Winner of IROS Best Student Paper Award
2017 Finalist for IROS Best Paper Award on Cognitive Robotics
2017 Finalist for ICRA Best Multi-Robot Systems Paper Award
2016 Elevated to AIAA Fellow
2015 AeroLion Technologies Outstanding Paper Award for Journal \textit{Unmanned Systems} given for paper A. N. Kopeikin, S. S. Ponda, L. B. Johnson, J. P. How, Dynamic Mission Planning for Communication Control in Multiple Unmanned Aircraft Teams, Unmanned Systems, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2013) 41-58.
2015 First place in the Second IEEE Control Systems Society Video Clip Contest
2015 Finalist for best paper award at RSS 2015
2015 Best paper in NIPS workshop on multiagent systems
2015 Finalist for ``Best project in 2015'' award from the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Advanced Concepts Committee
2014 AIAA Intelligent Systems best paper presented at the 2013 AIAA Infotech@Aerospace conference (''Robust Trajectory Planning for Autonomous Parafoils under Wind Uncertainty'' by Luders et al.).
2013 AIAA Best Paper Award from 2012 Guidance Navigation and Control Conference by the AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Technical Committee. (``Experimental demonstration of efficient multi-agent learning and planning for persistent missions in uncertain environments'' by N. Ure et al.)
2013 Finalist for the Best Cognitive Robotics Paper Award at ICRA for paper ``Reinforcement Learning with Misspecified Model Classes'' by J. Joseph et al.
2012 Recipient of the AIAA Best Paper Award from the 2011 Guidance Navigation and Control Conference by 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 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 Cockburn Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT
2009 Boeing Special Invention award
2008 Raymond L. Bisplinghoff Fellow for MIT Aero/Astro Department
2003 Institute of Navigation Burka Award to recognize outstanding achievement in the preparation of papers contributing to the advancement of navigation and space guidance.
2000-2002 Boeing Associate Professor
1997-1999 Charles Lee Powell Faculty Scholar
1995  NASA Certificate of Appreciation for MACE on STS-67
1994-1997 Davis Faculty Scholar in the School of Engineering, Stanford University
1987-1991  The 1967 Science and Engineering Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Other Interesting Jobs

Design, implementation, and analysis of robust controllers for the Middeck Active Control Experiment (MACE) flown on STS-67 March 2-16, 1995 
Litton Systems of Canada Ltd., Toronto (1987)
Boeing Aircraft, Dehavilland Division, Toronto, Canada (1986)
Atlantis Flight Research, Woodbridge, Canada (1985)

Interesting Links

9th International Workshop on Wireless Networking and Control for Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles