GRASP Lab Receives Honors at ICRA 2011

Research conducted by the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab was recognized in the categories of "Best Conference Paper," "Best Manipulation Paper," "Best Video" and First place in the Modular Robotics Challenge at the 2011 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) held in Shanghai, China.

GRASP Lab members Daniel Mellinger, doctoral student in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM), and Vijay  Kumar,  UPS Foundation Professor in MEAM, received the Best Conference Paper award for their paper Minimum Snap Trajectory Generation and Control for Quadrotors (watch the video here).

GRASP’s Best Conference Paper finalists also included 3D Estimation and Control for Autonomous Flight with Constrained Computation (watch the video here) by Shaojie (Frank) Shen, doctoral student in the department of Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE), Nathan Michael, Research Assistant Professor in MEAM, and Vijay Kumar; and Time Scales and Stability in Networked Multi-Robot Systems by Mac  Schwager, postdoctoral fellow in MEAM, Nathan Michael, Vijay Kumar and Daniela Rus, professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.

The Lab also had a finalist in the Best Manipulation Paper category with the manuscript entitled, Wireless Manipulation of Single Cells using Magnetic Microtransporters by Mahmut Selman Sakar, doctoral student in ESE, Edward Steager, postdoctoral fellow in MEAM, Anthony Cowley, doctoral student in Computer and Information Science, Vijay Kumar, and George Pappas, Joseph Moore Professor in ESE.
The video produced by Daniel Mellinger, Nathan Michael, Michael Shomin, master's student in MEAM, and Vijay Kumar, entitled Recent Advances in Quadrotor Capabilities was a finalist in the Best Video category.

Additional honors included First Place in the Modular Robotics Challenge, received by Mark Yim, Associate Professor in MEAM, and the team from the Penn ModLab; and Katherine Kuchenbecker, Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation in MEAM received the award for Best Associate Editor.

To learn more about the GRASP Lab, visit their website.