Nikolay A. Atanasov

Postdoctoral Researcher
GRASP Laboratory
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
University of Pennsylvania


I received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Trinity College, Hartford, CT, in 2008 and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, in 2012. I defended my Ph.D. dissertation at the department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania in July, 2015. My advisors were George J. Pappas and Kostas Daniilidis.

Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania under the supervision of Vijay Kumar and George J. Pappas. I also continue to work closely with Kostas Daniilidis and Jerome Le Ny.

Research Interests

My research goal is to design control and estimation techniques that increase the autonomy, reliability, efficiency, and versatility of robotic sensing systems. In particular, I focus on controlling teams of robots to collect information about physical processes of interest in applications such as environmental monitoring, security and surveillance, localization and mapping, construction and structure inspection, search and rescue, and object recognition. In addition to system modeling, theoretical analysis, and algorithmic design, my work involves experimental validation in real robot deployments.

The fields relevant to my research are robotics, control theory, optimization, machine learning, and computer vision.