Jonathan P. How

Richard Cockburn Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

  • University of Toronto, BA Sc., Eng Sci (Aerospace), 1987
  • MIT, SM, 1990
  • MIT, PhD, 1993

Brief Biography

Jonathan P. How is a Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a BA Sc. from the University of Toronto in 1987 and his SM and PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 1990 and 1993, respectively.

Following the completion of his PhD, How studied for two years as a postdoctoral associate for the Middeck Active Control Experiment (MACE), which flew on-board the Space Shuttle Endeavour in March 1995. Prior to joining the faculty at MIT in 2000, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University.

Among his other achievements, Professor How was the planning and control lead for the MIT DARPA Urban Challenge team that placed fourth in the recent race at Victorville, CA., was the recipient of the 2002 Institute of Navigation Burka Award, and received a Boeing Special Invention award in 2008. How is also the Raymond L. Bisplinghoff Fellow for MIT Aero/Astro Department, an Associate Fellow of AIAA, and a senior member of IEEE.

Selected Publications

  • H.-L. Choi, L. Brunet, and J. P. How, “Consensus-Based Decentralized Auctions for Robust Task Allocation,” to appear in the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Dec 2009.
  • J. P. How, C. Fraser, K. Kulling, L. Bertuccelli, O. Toupet, L. Brunet, A. Bachrach, and N. Roy “Increasing autonomy of UAVs – Decentralized CSAT Mission Management Algorithm,” Robotics & Automation Magazine, vol.16, no.2, pp.43-51, June 2009.
  • J. Leonard, J. How, S. Teller et al., “A Perception-driven Autonomous Urban Vehicle,” Journal of Field Robotics, Vol. 25(10), October 2008, pp. 727-774.
  • J. P. How, B. Bethke, A. Frank, D. Dale, and J. Vian, “Real-time Indoor Autonomous Vehicle Test Environment,” IEEE Control Systems Magazine, Vol. 28(2), April 2008, pp. 51–64.
  • Y. Kuwata, A. Richards, T. Schouwenaars, and J. P. How, “Distributed Robust Receding Horizon Controlfor Multi-vehicle Guidance,” IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology, Vol. 15, No. 4, July 2007, pp. 627-641.
  • A. Richards and J. P. How, “Robust Decentralized Model Predictive Control,” International Journal of Control Vol. 80, Issue 9 Sept. 2007, pages 1517–1531.

Selected Awards

  • Boeing Associate Professor at MIT, 2000 – 2002
  • Charles Powell Faculty Scholar, Stanford University, 1997-1999
  • NASA Certificate of Appreciation for MACE, 1995
  • Davis Faculty Scholar, Stanford University, 1994-1997
  • 1967 Science and Eng. Fellowship from NSERC (Canada), 1987-1991
  • 2002 Institute of Navigation Burka Award for outstanding achievement in the preparation of papers contributing to the advancement of navigation and space guidance.

Courses Taught