Daniel Koditschek Receives 2016 IEEE RAS Pioneer Award

Daniel Koditschek, Alfred Fitler Moore Professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, is the recipient of the 2016 IEEE RAS Pioneer Award "for his seminal contributions to the mathematical and empirical foundations of robotics, leadership in robotics research, inspired mentorship of the next generation of roboticists."

The annual award recognizes individuals who by virtue of initiating new areas of research, development or engineering, have had a significant impact on development of the robotics and/or automation fields.

"Dan's pioneering research in the mathematical foundations for robot control has provided tools that enable robots to address the complexities of the physical world, which is characterized by dynamic changes, uncertainty and hard constraints, and to simultaneously plan actions that are guaranteed to be safe and effective," states Vijay Kumar, Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering. "His work has influenced the research and development of intelligent systems ranging from self-driving cars and autonomous drones to robots that can juggle, jump and run. 

Research in Koditschek's group (Kod*lab) is focused on the application of dynamical systems theory to the design, construction and empirical testing of machines that juggle, run, climb, and in general, interact physically with their environment to perform useful work. Koditschek and his group seek to probe the foundations of autonomous robotics by reasoning formally about mathematical models that represent the successes and limitations of their physical platforms. They maintain close collaborations with biologists, whose insights about animal mobility and dexterity inspire their thinking and designs.

He will be honored during an award luncheon at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation on May 19, 2016 at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Center in Stockholm, Sweden.

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