Khai Nguyen

MS Research @ CMU


I am a graduate student in the MS in Mechanical Engineering–Research program at Carnegie Mellon Univeristy. I am advised by Zac Manchester as a member of the Robotic Exploration Lab, in the Robotics Institute. I worked with Jesus Tordesillas and Marco Hutter in the Robotic Systems Lab, ETH Zurich within the Robotics Student Fellowship.

I am currently a Vingroup Scholar with the mission to lead and advance the development of science and technology in Vietnam in the future.

Previously, I graduated with a BS in Control Engineering and Automation–Talent Program from Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST). I have ~2 years of experience in autopilot systems with Viettel Aerospace Institute.

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My research focuses on the intersection of control theory, numerical optimization, and machine learning, aiming to create novel theoretical frameworks and efficient computational machinery for decision-making in open-world agile and safe robotics.

I am seeking PhD positions beginning Fall 2024!


Jan, 2024 TinyMPC was accepted to ICRA 2024.
Oct, 2023 My undergraduate research on formation control and RL was accepted to IJRNC.
Jul, 2023 I participated in the ETH Robotics Summer School. 🤖
Jul, 2023 I started my ETH Robotics Student Fellowship at RSL. 🦿
May, 2023 My team advanced to the semi-finals of the F1TENTH competition. 🏁

selected publications

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    Robust Optimal Control for Nonlinear Systems Based on Adaptive Reinforcement Learning
    Bachelor’s Thesis, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, 2021
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    Formation Control Scheme with Reinforcement Learning Strategy for a Group of Multiple Surface Vehicles
    Khai Nguyen, Van Trong Dang, Dinh Duong Pham, and Phuong Nam Dao
    International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control (IJRNC), 2023
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    Adaptive Reinforcement Learning Motion/Force Control of Multiple Uncertain Manipulators
    Phuong Nam Dao, Dinh Duong Pham, Xuan Khai Nguyen, and Tat Chung Nguyen
    In Intelligent Systems and Networks, 2021
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    TinyMPC: Model-Predictive Control on Resource-Constrained Microcontrollers
    Anoushka Alavilli*, Khai Nguyen*, Sam Schoedel*, Brian Plancher, and Zachary Manchester
    Accepted to ICRA 2024, 2023
    *alphabetical order