Mehran Mesbahi

Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington


Guggenheim Hall 311E

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98105


I am a Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics and an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Washington. I received my Ph.D. from USC in 1996, was a member of the Guidance, Navigation, and Analysis group at Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1996-2000 and then an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota from 2000-2002. My research group is the Robotics, Aerospace, and Information Networks (RAIN) Laboratory; I am the Executive Director of the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI) and a member of the WA State Academy of Sciences. My research interests are distributed and networked aerospace systems, autonomy, and control theory and learning.

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Mar 1, 2024 Abhi’s paper ‘‘Customized Real-Time First-Order Methods for Onboard Dual Quaternion-based 6-DoF Powered-Descent Guidance’’ wins the AIAA 2023 best paper award!
Shahriar’s paper on data-driven filtering is accepted to NeuroIPS 2023
Shahriar started new position at Harvard.
Newsha passed her Ph.D. general exam. Congrats!

selected publications

  1. Toward a Theoretical Foundation of Policy Optimization for Learning Control Policies
    Bin Hu, Kaiqing Zhang, Na Li, Mehran Mesbahi, Maryam Fazel, and Tamer Başar
    Annual Review of Control, Robotics, and Autonomous Systems 2023
  2. Data-driven Optimal Filtering for Linear Systems with Unknown Noise Covariances
    Shahriar Talebi, Amirhossein Taghvaei, and Mehran Mesbahi
    In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 2023
  3. Data-Driven Structured Policy Iteration for Homogeneous Distributed Systems
    Siavash Alemzadeh, Shahriar Talebi, and Mehran Mesbahi
  4. Vector-valued Privacy-Preserving Average Consensus
    Lulu Pan, Haibin Shao, Yang Lu, Mehran Mesbahi, Dewei Li, and Yugeng Xi
    arXiv Sep 2022
  5. Riemannian Constrained Policy Optimization Via Geometric Stability Certificates
    Shahriar Talebi, and Mehran Mesbahi
    IEEE Conference on Decision and Control Sep 2022
  6. Robust Controller Synthesis for Vision-based Spacecraft Guidance and Control
    Newsha. Rahimi, Shahriar Talebi, Aditya Deole, Mehran Mesbahi, Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay, and Amir Rahmani
    AIAA SCITECH Sep 2022
  7. A Customized First-Order Solver for Real-Time Powered-Descent Guidance
    Purnanand Elango, Abhinav Kamath, Yue Yu, Behcet Acikmese, Mehran. Mesbahi, and John M. Carson
    AIAA SCITECH Sep 2022
  8. Graph Theoretic Methods in Multiagent Networks
    Mehran Mesbahi, and Magnus Egerstedt
    Jul 2010