Negar Mehr


5126 Etcheverry Hall

UC Berkeley

Berkeley, CA 94720-1740

I am an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of California at Berkeley. I run the ICON Lab. The focus of my research is to develop control algorithms that allow autonomous systems to safely and intelligently interact with each other and with humans. I draw from the fields of control theory, robotics, game theory, and machine learning. I was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford from 2019 to 2020. I received my PhD in Mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley in 2019 and received my bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in 2013.


May 13, 2024 Our paper titled “POLICEd RL: Learning Closed-Loop Robot Control Policies with Provable Satisfaction of Hard Constraints” got accepted at the Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) 2024!
Mar 28, 2024 Our paper titled “Adaptive Learning from Demonstration in Heterogeneous Agents: Concurrent Minimization and Maximization of Surprise in Sparse Reward Environments” got accepted at the Learning for Dynamics & Control (L4DC) Conference 2024!
Jan 29, 2024 Our paper titled “Weathering ongoing uncertainty: learning and planning in a time-varying partially observable environment” got accepted at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2024!
Jan 29, 2024 Our paper titled “Integrating Predictive Motion Uncertainties with Distributionally Robust Risk-Aware Control for Safe Robot Navigation in Crowds” got accepted at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2024!
Jan 08, 2024 I was selected as an “Excellent Teacher” by UIUC students for teaching the class AE598: Learning and Control for Multi-Agent Systems!