My Work & Professional Experience:

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Jul 2021 – Present

San Jose, CA


I work closely with Dr. Behzad Dariush (Chief Scientist & Director) on the applications of reinforcement learning in prediction and behavior planning for urban autonomous driving.

May 2020 – Jul 2021

Stanford, CA

Visiting Researcher

I was hosted at Stanford Intelligent and Interactive Autonomous Systems Group (ILIAD) and honored to be working with Dr. Dorsa Sadigh and Dr. Ramtin Pedarsani. Outcomes of our work on the interaction between cooperative autonomous vehicles and humans are presented in our IROS 2021, CVPR 2021, and TIV papers.

May 2019 – Jan 2020

Sunnyvale, CA

Research Intern

  • Autonomous Driving – Machine Learning team: I worked at the Behavioral Planning group with Dominik Petrich and Stanislaw Antol who helped me to initiate the ”Scene Understanding” software package and propose a method for relational reasoning between humans & vehicles. My internship work led to 2 patents filed by Daimler AG.
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Behavioral Planning team at MBRDNA headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA

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Self-driving Mercedes-Benz S-Class on a test day in San Jose, CA

May 2018 – Aug 2018

Dearborn, MI

Research Intern

The first chapter of my PhD dissertation focuses on scalable vehicle-to-vehicle communication for connected & automated vehicles (CAVs). My research on the scalability analysis of Cellular Vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) was supported by Ford Motor Company and I had the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Jayanthi Rao & Dr. Ivan Vukovic who led the efforts on the development of C-V2X technology at Ford. During my internship, I performed the early-stage lab tests on Qualcomm C-V2X devices and designed a large-scale network simulator to analyze the performance of C-V2X communication in congested scenarios. The outcome of my research led to 5 conference papers and contributed to the development of SAE J3161 standard.

Aug 2017 – Jul 2021

Orlando, FL

PhD Research Fellow 

I joined CAVREL at University of Central Florida in 2017 as an ORC Doctoral Fellow to pursue my doctoral studies under the supervision of Dr. Yaser P. Fallah. In 2019, I was selected as the graduate researcher of the year among ∼9,000 graduate students by UCF College of Graduate Studies.

Behrad Toghi
Behrad Toghi