Mostafa Bagheri  

I am a Roboticist at Vicarious since March 2021. I was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at NXT Robotics Corporation and an instructor at UC San Diego and SDSU. I received my PhD in Robotics from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the UC San Diego (JDP with SDSU) in 2019. I worked on 14-DOF Baxter Robot under the supervision of Professors Miroslav Krstic and Peiman Naseradinmousavi.

In 2014, I joined the Department of Advanced Robotics at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), and primarily worked on the WALK-MAN project as a graduate researcher in the manipulation group.

Honors and awards

  • Awarded Elsevier Outstanding Reviewer status (Aug. 2018)

  • Awarded JDP Scholarship for PhD Program (Sept. 2015 - May 2019)

  • Graduate fellowship, Iran's National Elites Foundation (INEF) (Mar. 2013 - May 2015)

  • Honored with the annual award for the Best B.Sc. Thesis in Mechanical Engineering

    Iranian Society of Mechanical Engineers (ISME)

  • Exempted from M.Sc. Entrance Exam as an Exceptionally Talented student (2010)

  • Ranked in top 3 among Mechanical Engineering Students (B.Sc. and M.Sc.)

  • Awarded University Fellowship as an Exceptionally Talented Student (Sept. 2006 - Dec. 2012)

    Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic)

  • Dual Degree Student (Mechanical and Chemical Engineering)


  • University of California, San Diego (JDP with SDSU) (Sept. 2015 - May 2019)

    ╴ Ph.D. in Robotics, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering   GPA: 4.0/4.0

    Dissertation Title: Adaptive and Delay-Compensating Robot Controllers

    ╴ Technology Management and Entrepreneurism Program

      Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, Rady School of Management

  • Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) (Sept. 2006 - Sept. 2012)

    ╴ M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (Dynamic Systems & Control)   GPA: 3.9/4.0

    ╴ B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering   GPA: 3.95/4.0

    Awarded Best B.Sc. thesis by Iranian Society of Mechanical Engineers (ISME)

    ╴ B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (Second Major)   GPA: 3.63/4.0

Research and Publications

Research Projects


Research Interests:

  • Nonlinear Dynamics & Control

  • Control of Time-Delay Systems

  • Robotics & Mechatronics

  • Extremum Seeking

  • Game Theory

  • System Identification

  • Dynamic Programming & Optimization

  • Finite Element Methods & Engineering Mathematics

Professional Experiences

  • Roboticist (March 2021 – present)

    Vicarious, Union City, CA, USA

  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO) (July 2019 – March 2021)

    NXT Robotics Corp., San Diego, CA, USA

    Company Goal: Fully Autonomous and Intelligent Security Robots

  • Senior Robotics Research Engineer (Aug. – Nov. 2019)

    Research and Development Department, Glidewell Dental Lab, Irvine, USA

    Company Goal: Automation of Dental Crown Finishing Process

  • Instructor (Summer 2019)

    Control Systems Laboratory (ENG10), University of California, San Diego

  • Lecturer (Summer 2017)

    Control Systems Laboratory (ME330), San Diego State University

  • Graduate Researcher (Apr. 2014 – Dec. 2014)

    Advanced Robotics Department, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)

    Project title: “Design of Mechanical Systems and Controllers for Humanoid Walk-Man”, European project WALK-MAN (FP7-ICT-611832-2013)

  • Graduate Research Assistant

  • Second advisor of B.Sc. thesis (2012)

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic)

  • Teaching Assistant

    • ╴ University of California, San Diego (Winter 2019)

    • ╴ San Diego State University (Sept. 2016 - Jan. 2017)

    • ╴ Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) (Sept. 2010 - June 2012)

Expertise and Skills

  • Programming Skills: Proficient: Python, MATLAB, Simulink, Intermediate: C++

    Python Packages: NLTK, Keras, OpenCV, NumPy, Matplotlib, scikit-learn

  • Design Tools: SolidWorks, Fusion 360, ADAMS, Autodesk Inventor

  • Misc.: ROS, Gazebo, Rviz, Git/GitHub, Docker, LATEX