Reception Prior to the Seminar
4:45 – 5:15 P.m.
Building 530, Lobby
Autonomous micro aerial robots can operate in three-dimensional, indoor and outdoor environments, and have applications to search and rescue, first response and precision farming. Dr. Kumar will describe the challenges in developing small, agile robots and the algorithmic challenges in the areas of (a) control and planning, (b) state estimation and mapping, and (c) coordinating large teams of robots.
Dr. Vijay Kumar is the UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelors of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1987. He has been on the Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987 with secondary appointments in the Department of Computer and Information Science and the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering. He was the assistant director for robotics and cyber physical systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2012 to 2014. Dr. Kumar’s research interests are in robotics, specifically multi-robot systems, and micro aerial vehicles. He is a fellow of the ASME and of the IEEE, and the recipient of the 1997 Freudenstein Award for significant accomplishments in mechanisms and robotics, the 2012 ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Award and the 2012 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award.