HONORS / AWARDS

  • Best Doctoral Research Award - School of Engineering - Santa Clara University 2019 

  • Best Doctoral Research Award - School of Engineering - Santa Clara University 2018

  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Doctoral Research Fellowship -  2017-2019

  • Best Doctoral Research Award - School of Engineering, Santa Clara University - 2018

  • Best Student Paper Award – 2015ASME/IEEE Int. Conference on Mechatronics & Embedded Systems 2015

  • Graduate Fellowship Award – Santa Clara University, School of Engineering 2014, 2015, and 2016

  • Entrepreneurship Award – For a business model on “Robotics Mining of Near Earth Asteroids", School of Business 2014

  • Ranked 1st – NASA Ames – Space Design Challenge Contest 2013

  • 3rd International Olympiad on Astronomy & Astrophysics – Member of the panel of jury - 2009

 

EDUCATION


SANTA CLARA UNIVERSIRY                                                                                                                       Sept 2012-Present
Electrical Engineering Department

  • Ph.D. Candidate in Electrical Engineering with focus on vision-based localization and navigation for autonomous mobile robots

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY                                                                                                 2010-2012
Electrical & Computer Engineering Department

  • Master of Science in Computer Engineering , Computer Architecture & Microprocessor Design

PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

NASA - JET PROPULSION LABORATORY                                                                                                 

Maritime and Aerial Perception Systems Group – Doctoral Research Fellow                                                   April 2017-Present

  • Research on development of vision-based localization and navigation algorithms in GPS denied environments for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

  • Design, implementation and optimization of monocular object detection and classification algorithms.

NISSAN RESEARCH CENTER - SILICON VALLEY                                                                                  June 2015-April 2017

Autonomous Drive Group – Robotic, Perception & Control Engineering - Co-op

Research on algorithm design, implementation and optimization for obstacle detection and tracking.

  • Research on LIDAR-based 3D object perception

  • Integrating LIDAR data into the Model Predictive Controller for object detection and tracking

  • Running simulations for perception algorithms using Linux/ROS/rviz

  • Implementation of real-world testing on autonomous vehicles

  • Autonomous car software development using Linux, ROS, C++ and MATLAB

  • Software version control with Git
     

ALTER-G                                                                                                                                                             2013 - 2014

Robotics Engineer – Bionic leg Exoskeleton Engineering Co-op

  • Research and development of an exoskeleton bionic leg

  • Embedded computing system design with SPI and I2C communication protocols

  • Assist with developing R&D prototypes and performing validation tests

  • FPGA design & engineering using Verilog, Xilinx ISE 14.7 and JTAG

VERIZON WIRELESS                                                                                                                                        May-Sept 2012

System Performance Group - 4G/LTE Network Engineering Co-op

  • RF propagation modeling, prediction and analysis

  • Troubleshooting network problems that included network blocking, RF interference, poor originations

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES Co. Ltd.                                                                                                               2009 – 2010

IP Backbone Network Engineer

  • IP Network topology design and implementation

  • Network monitoring and troubleshooting

 

ASIA TECH Co.                                                                                                                                                    2007 – 2009

ADSL IP Internet Network Design and Engineering Department

  • IP Network Topology Design and Engineering

  • IP Network Performance Management

SHATEL, Internet Service Provider                                                                                                                   2002 – 2007

  • ADSL IP Network Engineer - Network Operating Center (NOC)

  • IP Network Engineering, analysis and troubleshooting

RESEARCH & TEACHING EXPERIENCE

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY                                                                                                                          Sept 2012-Present

COMPUTER VISION LAB - Ph.D. RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Currently conducting research on:

  • Vision based moving object detection and tracking using correlation filters

  • Investigating stereo-vision, depth perception &localization on autonomous land rovers

  • Perception algorithm development using Linux, ROS, MATLAB, C++, OpenCV

My previous research was focused on:

  • Gradient-Based Cluster Space Navigation for autonomous land rovers. (Best Student Paper Award- ASME/IEEE 2015)

  • Cluster formation Control of Multiple Mobile Robots using multi-rover test platforms and UAVs.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT                                                                                           Sept 2012-Present

TEACHING ASSISTANT & LAB INSTRUCTOR

  • Mechatronics (Arduino Mega/UNO, IMU, Sensor fusion, Kalman filter, PID)

  • Computer Architecture and Microprocessor Design using FPGA

  • Logic Design (Xilinx ISE/EDK - Altera Quartus tool)

  • Design and engineering of autonomous submersible robots.

  • Analog Circuit Design

  • Introduction to Engineering Design

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY                                                                                                  2010 - 2012

COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE & MICROPROCESSOR ENGINEERING LAB

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

  • Power-aware computing (using Intel Single Chip Cloud Computing Platform)

  • Resource management in cloud computing

  • Performance modeling and power consumption reduction on SCC many-core platform

 

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

TEACHING ASSISTANT & LAB INSTRUCTOR

  • Embedded Computing Systems Lab

  • Designed 10 lab tutorials for Logic Design course

 

Adjunct Faculty                                                                                                                                                   May-Aug 2012

  • Embedded Computing Systems

PUBLICATIONS

  • Acain J., Kitts C., Adamek T., Ebadi K. and Rasay M., “A Multi-Robot Testbed for Adaptive Sampling Experimentation via Radio Frequency Fields” submitted to the IDETC/CIE 2015

  • Ebadi K.,Victor Pena and Liu C.,“High-Performance Implementation and Evaluation of Blowfish Cryptographic algorithm on Single-Chip Cloud Computer: A Pipelined Approach,” The 2nd International Conference on Applied and Theoretical Information Systems Research (ATISR 2012), December 27-29, Taipei, Taiwan

VOLUNTEER WORK

THE MARS SOCIETY                                                                                                                                      Jan 2015 - Present

MARS DESERT RESEARCH STATION

Cap-Com Engineering Support Officer

Mars Desert Research Station is a planned simulated Mars surface exploration habitat owned and operated by the Mars Society with the goal to help develop key knowledge needed to prepare for human Mars exploration.

  • Responsible for daily communication with engineering crew at MDRS

  • Providing Engineering support and remote assistance to MDRS during the field season

PUBLIC SPEAKING AND LECTURES

  • A Comprehensive Review on outcomes of Pioneer Space Program, Khajeh-Nasir University, Physics Dept., 2009.

  • A Review of Robotic Space Exploration,” Polytechnic University of Iran, Aerospace Eng. Dept., 2009.

  • A Comprehensive Review on Hubble Servicing Missions, Astronomy Society of Iran, 2009.

  • Return to the Moon and challenges, Astronomy Society of Iran, April 2008.

  • Space Debris, a Serious Menace to Future Space Flights, Astronomy Society of Iran, 2008.