Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar

Nemirovsky Family Dean, Penn Engineering and Professor
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM)
Computer and Information Science (CIS)
Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE)

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Honors and Awards:  Elected to National Academy of Engineering - 2013, Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers - 2005, Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers- 2003, Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching - 1996, NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award - 1991

Research Expertise: Control Systems | Robotics | Mechanical Systems

Vijay studies collective behaviors in biological and robotic systems. He and his group design novel architectures, create abstractions for systems of interacting individuals, and develop new algorithms for cooperating robots. The overarching themes in his research include modeling nature and developing bio-inspired architectures and algorithms, understanding group/individual dynamics, and the design and composition of controllers for robust, scaleable autonomous systems. Vijay's key challenges include operation in unstructured, dynamic environments, integration of control, communication and perception, and scaling down to smaller sizes with limited actuation, sensing, and computational resources.

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