Jonathan Kelly is Dean’s Catalyst Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies and Director of the Space & Terrestrial Autonomous Robotic Systems (STARS) Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, where he was an Annenberg Fellow. Before moving to the University of Toronto, he held a postdoctoral appointment in the Robust Robotics Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to graduate school, he was a Software Engineer in the Space Technologies division of the Canadian Space Agency.
Professor Kelly’s research is focussed on developing robust autonomous systems that are able to operate independently over long durations in challenging environments, for example, in space and on remote planetary surfaces. His team carries out research at the nexus of sensing, planning, and control, with an emphasis on the study of fundamental problems related to perception, representation, and understanding of the world. Professor Kelly is also interested in ‘bringing space robotics down to Earth,’ by leveraging opportunities for technology transfer from space systems to terrestrial robots.