Brian Ichter

Brian Ichter is a PhD candidate in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University (expected graduation early 2018). He received a BS in Aerospace Engineering and BA in Physics from the University of Virginia in 2012 and an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 2015.

Brian’s research focuses on sampling-based algorithms for robotic motion planning. In particular, he works on developing massively parallel algorithms (that leverage GPUs) towards real-time kinodynamic, uncertainty-aware, and perception-aware motion planning. He further works on sampling strategies for planning algorithms by showing theoretical and practical benefits of low-dispersion, deterministic sampling as well as developing methods for learning optimal sample distributions.


  • NDSEG Fellowship
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship

Currently at Google Brain Robotics