Bio


Dr. Marco Pavone is an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, where he also holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Electrical Engineering, in the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering, and in the Information Systems Laboratory. He is a Research Affiliate at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology. Before joining Stanford, he was a Research Technologist within the Robotics Section at JPL. He received a Ph.D. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010. Dr. Pavone’s areas of expertise lie in the fields of controls and robotics.

Dr. Pavone is a recipient of a NASA Early Career Faculty award, a Hellman Faculty Scholar Award, and was named NASA NIAC Fellow in 2011. At JPL, Dr. Pavone worked on the end-to-end optimization of the mission architecture for the Mars sample return mission. He has designed control algorithms for formation flying that have been successfully tested on board the International Space Station.

Dr. Pavone is the Director of the Autonomous Systems Laboratory (ASL). The goal of ASL is the development of methodologies for the analysis, design, and control of autonomous systems, with a particular emphasis on large-scale robotic networks and autonomous aerospace vehicles. The lab combines expertise from control theory, robotics, optimization, and operations research to develop the theoretical foundations for networked autonomous systems operating in uncertain, rapidly-changing, and potentially adversarial environments. Theoretical insights are then used to devise practical, computationally-efficient, and provably-correct algorithms for field deployment. Applications include robotic transportation networks, sensor networks, agile control of spacecraft during proximity operations, and mobility platforms for extreme planetary environments. Collaborations with NASA centers are a key component of the research portfolio.

Academic Appointments


Honors & Awards


  • CAREER Award, NSF (2015)
  • Frontiers of Engineering Program, National Academy of Engineering (2013)
  • Early Career Faculty award, NASA (2012)
  • Hellman Faculty Scholar Award, Hellman Fellows Fund (2012)
  • NIAC Fellow, NASA (2011)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., MIT, Aeronautics and Astronautics (2010)

All Publications


  • Toward a Systematic Approach to the Design and Evaluation of Automated Mobility-on-Demand Systems: A Case Study in Singapore ROAD VEHICLE AUTOMATION Spieser, K., Treleaven, K., Zhang, R., Frazzoli, E., Morton, D., Pavone, M. 2014: 229-245
  • A Unifying Framework for Time-Consistent, Risk-Averse Model Predictive Control: Theory and Algorithms Chow, Y., L., Pavone, M. 2014
  • Asymptotically Optimal Algorithms for One-to-One Pickup and Delivery Problems With Applications to Transportation Systems IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUTOMATIC CONTROL Treleaven, K., Pavone, M., Frazzoli, E. 2013; 58 (9): 2261-2276
  • Spacecraft/Rover Hybrids for the Exploration of Small Solar System Bodies 2013 IEEE AEROSPACE CONFERENCE Pavone, M., Castillo-Rogez, J. C., Nesnas, I. A., Hoffman, J. A., Strange, N. J. 2013
  • Internally-Actuated Rovers for All-Access Surface Mobility: Theory and Experimentation 2013 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION (ICRA) Allen, R., Pavone, M., McQuin, C., Nesnas, I. A., Castillo-Rogez, J. C., Tam-Nguyen Nguyen, T. N., Hoffman, J. A. 2013: 5481-5488
  • Internally-Actuated Rovers for All-Access Surface Mobility: Theory and Experimentation Allen, R., Pavone, M., McQuin, C., Nesnas, I., Castillo, J., Nguyen, T., N. 2013
  • Guidance, Navigation, and Control Technology Assessment for Future Planetary Science Missions. Technical Report for Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Quadrelli, M., McHenry, M., Wilcox, B., Hall, J., Volpe, R., Nesnas, I., Pavone, M. 2013
  • Decentralized decision-making on robotic networks with hybrid performance metrics Rossi, F., Pavone, M. 2013
  • A Uniform-grid Discretization Algorithm for Stochastic Optimal Control with Risk Constraints Chow, Y., L., Pavone, M. 2013
  • Asymptotically Optimal Algorithms for Pickup and Delivery Problems with Application to Large-Scale Transportation Systems IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Treleaven, K., Pavone, M., Frazzoli, E. 2013
  • Rebalancing the Rebalancers: Optimally Routing Vehicles and Drivers in Mobility-on-Demand Systems Smith, S., L., Pavone, M., Schwager, M., Frazzol, E., Rus, D. 2013
  • Stochastic Optimal Control With Dynamic, Time-Consistent Risk Constraints Chow, Y., L., Pavone, M. 2013
  • Rebalancing the Rebalancers: Optimally Routing Vehicles and Drivers in Mobility-on-Demand Systems 2013 AMERICAN CONTROL CONFERENCE (ACC) Smith, S. L., Pavone, M., Schwager, M., Frazzoli, E., Rus, D. 2013: 2362-2367
  • Stochastic Optimal Control With Dynamic, Time-Consistent Risk Constraints 2013 AMERICAN CONTROL CONFERENCE (ACC) Chow, Y., Pavone, M. 2013: 390-395
  • Robotic load balancing for mobility-on-demand systems INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ROBOTICS RESEARCH Pavone, M., Smith, S. L., Frazzoli, E., Rus, D. 2012; 31 (7): 839-854
  • Cost Bounds for Pickup and Delivery Problems with Application to Large-Scale Transportation Systems 2012 AMERICAN CONTROL CONFERENCE (ACC) Treleaven, K., Pavone, M., Frazzoli, E. 2012: 2120-2127
  • Models and Asymptotically Optimal Algorithms for Pickup and Delivery Problems on Roadmaps Treleaven, K., Pavone, M., Frazzoli, E. 2012
  • A Risk-Constrained Multi-Stage Decision Making Approach to the Architectural Analysis of Mars Missions Kuwata, Y., Pavone, M., Balaram, J. 2012
  • Spacecraft/Rover Hybrids for the Exploration of Small Solar System Bodies. Final Report for NASA NIAC 2011 Program. Pavone, M., Castillo, J., Hoffman, J., Nesnas, I. 2012
  • A Risk-Constrained Multi-Stage Decision Making Approach to the Architectural Analysis of Planetary Missions 2012 IEEE 51ST ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON DECISION AND CONTROL (CDC) Kuwata, Y., Pavone, M., Balaram, J. (. 2012: 2102-2109
  • Models and Efficient Algorithms for Pickup and Delivery Problems on Roadmaps 2012 IEEE 51ST ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON DECISION AND CONTROL (CDC) Treleaven, K., Pavone, M., Frazzoli, E. 2012: 5691-5698
  • Observational Strategies for the Exploration of Small Solar System Bodies Castillo, M., Pavone, M., Nesnas, I., Hoffman, J. 2012
  • Dynamic Vehicle Routing for Robotic Systems PROCEEDINGS OF THE IEEE Bullo, F., Frazzoli, E., Pavone, M., Savla, K., Smith, S. L. 2011; 99 (9): 1482-1504
  • Distributed Algorithms for Environment Partitioning in Mobile Robotic Networks IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUTOMATIC CONTROL Pavone, M., Arsie, A., Frazzoli, E., Bullo, F. 2011; 56 (8): 1834-1848
  • Adaptive and Distributed Algorithms for Vehicle Routing in a Stochastic and Dynamic Environment IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUTOMATIC CONTROL Pavone, M., Frazzoli, E., Bullo, F. 2011; 56 (6): 1259-1274
  • An Asymptotically Optimal Algorithm for Pickup and Delivery Problems 2011 50TH IEEE CONFERENCE ON DECISION AND CONTROL AND EUROPEAN CONTROL CONFERENCE (CDC-ECC) Treleaven, K., Pavone, M., Frazzoli, E. 2011: 584-590
  • Load Balancing for Mobility-on-Demand Systems Pavone, M., Smith, S., L., Frazzoli, E., Rus, D. 2011
  • Distributed Control of Spacecraft Formations via Cyclic Pursuit: Theory and Experiments JOURNAL OF GUIDANCE CONTROL AND DYNAMICS Ramirez-Riberos, J. L., Pavone, M., Frazzoli, E., Mille, D. W. 2010; 33 (5): 1655-1669

    View details for DOI 10.2514/1.46511

    View details for Web of Science ID 000282073600030

  • DYNAMIC VEHICLE ROUTING WITH PRIORITY CLASSES OF STOCHASTIC DEMANDS SIAM JOURNAL ON CONTROL AND OPTIMIZATION Smith, S. L., Pavone, M., Bullo, F., Frazzoli, E. 2010; 48 (5): 3224-3245

    View details for DOI 10.1137/090749347

    View details for Web of Science ID 000277585500002

  • Fundamental Performance Limits and Efficient Policies for Transportation-On-Demand Systems Pavone, M., Treleaven, K., Frazzoli, E. 2010
  • Dynamic Vehicle Routing with Stochastic Time Constraints 2010 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION (ICRA) Pavone, M., Frazzoli, E. 2010: 1460-1467
  • Fundamental Performance Limits and Efficient Polices for Transportation-On-Demand Systems 49TH IEEE CONFERENCE ON DECISION AND CONTROL (CDC) Pavone, M., Treleaven, K., Frazzoli, E. 2010: 5622-5629
  • A Stochastic and Dynamic Vehicle Routing Problem with Time Windows and Customer Impatience MOBILE NETWORKS & APPLICATIONS Pavone, M., Bisnik, N., Frazzoli, E., Isler, V. 2009; 14 (3): 350-364
  • Sharing the Load Mobile Robotic Networks in Dynamic Environments IEEE ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION MAGAZINE Pavone, M., Savla, K., Frazzoli, E. 2009; 16 (2): 52-61
  • Equitable Partitioning Policies for Robotic Networks ICRA: 2009 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION, VOLS 1-7 Pavone, M., Arsie, A., Frazzoli, E., Bullo, F. 2009: 3979-3984
  • Sharing the load IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine Pavone, M., Savla, K., Frazzoli, E. 2009; 16 (2): 52-61
  • Distributed Control of Spacecraft Formation via Cyclic Pursuit: Theory and Experiments 2009 AMERICAN CONTROL CONFERENCE, VOLS 1-9 Ramirez, J. L., Pavone, M., Frazzoli, E., Miller, D. W. 2009: 4811-4817
  • Dynamic Multi-Vehicle Routing with Multiple Classes of Demands 2009 AMERICAN CONTROL CONFERENCE, VOLS 1-9 Pavone, M., Smith, S. L., Bullo, F., Frazzoli, E. 2009: 604-609
  • Distributed Policies for Equitable Partitioning: Theory and Applications 47TH IEEE CONFERENCE ON DECISION AND CONTROL, 2008 (CDC 2008) Pavone, M., Frazzoli, E., Bullo, F. 2008: 4191-4197
  • Dynamic vehicle routing with heterogeneous demands Smith, S., L., Pavone, M., Bullo, F., Frazzoli, E. 2008
  • Decentralized policies for geometric pattern formation and path coverage JOURNAL OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS MEASUREMENT AND CONTROL-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME Pavone, M., Frazzoli, E. 2007; 129 (5): 633-643

    View details for DOI 10.1115/1.2767658

    View details for Web of Science ID 000249705300007

  • Decentralized algorithms for stochastic and dynamic vehicle routing with general demand distribution Pavone, M., Frazzoli, E., Bullo, F. 2007
  • Decentralized Vehicle Routing in a Stochastic and Dynamic Environment with Customer Impatience Pavone, M., N., B., Frazzoli, E., Isler, V. 2007
  • Decentralized policies for geometric pattern formation 2007 AMERICAN CONTROL CONFERENCE, VOLS 1-13 Pavone, M., Frazzoli, E. 2007: 5823-5828
  • Climbing Obstacle in Bio-robots via CNN and Adaptive Attitude Control International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications Pavone, M., Arena, P., Fortuna, L., Frasca, M., Patanè, L. 2006; 34 (1): 109-125
  • An innovative mechanical and control architecture for a biomimetic hexapod for planetary exploration Space Technology Pavone, M., Arena, P., Patanè, L. 2006; 26 (1-2): 13-24
  • Realization of a CNN-Driven Cockroach-Inspired Robot Arena, P., Fortuna, L., Frasca, M., Patanè, L. 2006
  • Towards autonomous adaptive behavior in a bio-inspired CNN-controlled robot Arena, P., Fortuna, L., Frasca, M., Patanè, L., Pavone, M. 2006
  • An innovative mechanical and control architecture for a biomimetic hexapod for planetary exploration Pavone, M., Arena, P., Patanè, L. 2005
  • Climbing Obstacles via Bio-Inspired CNN-CPG and Adaptive Attitude Control Arena, P., Fortuna, L., Frasca, M., Patanè, L., Pavone, M. 2005