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.


Apr, 2024 TinyMPC was selected as a finalist for 03 IEEE ICRA Paper Awards.
Mar, 2024 TinyMPC with new capabilities was submitted to CDC 2024.
Mar, 2024 I received the Best Poster Award at the MS Research Symposium with the TinyMPC poster.
Jan, 2024 TinyMPC was accepted to ICRA 2024.
Oct, 2023 My undergraduate research on formation control and RL was accepted to IJRNC.

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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    Code Generation for Conic Model-Predictive Control on Microcontrollers with TinyMPC
    Sam Schoedel*, Khai Nguyen*, Elakhya Nedumaran, Brian Plancher, and Zachary Manchester
    Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), 2024
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    TinyMPC: Model-Predictive Control on Resource-Constrained Microcontrollers
    Khai Nguyen*, Sam Schoedel*, Anoushka Alavilli*, Brian Plancher, and Zachary Manchester
    International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2024
    🏆 Finalists of Best Conference Paper Award, Best Student Paper Award, and Best Paper Award in Automation, at IEEE ICRA, 2024. < 1%
    🏆 CMU MechE Best Poster Award  ~ 10%
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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