Ali Pakniyat is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech. He is a current member of Dynamics and Control Systems Laboratory (DCSL), and a former member of the Robotics and Optimization for the Analysis of Human Motion (ROAHM) Lab, the Centre for Intelligent Machines (CIM), and Groupe d'√Čtudes et de Recherche en Analyse des D√©cisions (GERAD).

He received the B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Shiraz University in 2008, the M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering - Applied Mechanics and Design from Sharif University of Technology in 2010, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in 2016, under the supervision of Peter E. Caines. After holding a Lecturer position at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of McGill University, and a postdoctoral position in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, he joined the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at the Georgia Tech in July 2019, where he is now collaborating with Panagiotis Tsiotras.

His research interests include deterministic and stochastic optimal control, nonlinear and hybrid systems, analytical mechanics and chaos, with applications in automotive industry, sensors and actuators, and robotics.

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