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Vijay Kumar Lab

Kumar's group works on creating autonomous ground and aerial robots, designing bio-inspired algorithms for collective behaviors, and on robot swarms.

They have won many best paper awards at conferences, and group alumni are leaders in teaching, research, business and entrepreneurship.

News Giuseppe Loianno, Shaojie Shen, and Vijay Kumar to Host International Symposium in Aerial Robotics March 20, 2017 GRASP Team Wins at International Robotics Competition March 20, 2017 Elizabeth Hunter featured in National Inventors Hall of Fame “Women in Innovation” Exhibit March 10, 2017 Penn Engineering Offers an Online MicroMasters in Robotics March 01, 2017 Monroe Kennedy and Vijay Kumar featured on Nature Knows Best TV Series January 27, 2017

Vijay Kumar Lab

Kumar's group works on creating autonomous ground and aerial robots, designing bio-inspired algorithms for collective behaviors, and on robot swarms.

They have won many best paper awards at conferences, and group alumni are leaders in teaching, research, business and entrepreneurship.

News Giuseppe Loianno, Shaojie Shen, and Vijay Kumar to Host International Symposium in Aerial Robotics March 20, 2017 GRASP Team Wins at International Robotics Competition March 20, 2017 Elizabeth Hunter featured in National Inventors Hall of Fame “Women in Innovation” Exhibit March 10, 2017 Penn Engineering Offers an Online MicroMasters in Robotics March 01, 2017 Monroe Kennedy and Vijay Kumar featured on Nature Knows Best TV Series January 27, 2017

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'Controlling formations of multiple mobile robots'.

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News Giuseppe Loianno, Shaojie Shen, and Vijay Kumar to Host International Symposium in Aerial Robotics March 20, 2017 Giuseppe Loianno, Shaojie Shen (Kumar lab alum and professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), and Vijay Kumar will host the first symposium in aerial robotics June 19-21, 2017.

continue reading Elizabeth Hunter featured in National Inventors Hall of Fame “Women in Innovation” Exhibit March 10, 2017 Elizabeth Hunter is featured in The National Inventors Hall of Fame “Women in Innovation” exhibit honoring women inventors who embody “grit, hard work, know-how and persistence.” The exhibit is featured in the lobby of the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C.

“The Robotics MicroMasters provides global access to one of the top robotics research centers in the world and provides a credential that can be used for career enrichment or advancement.” continue reading Monroe Kennedy and Vijay Kumar featured on Nature Knows Best TV Series January 27, 2017 Monroe Kennedy and Vijay Kumar are featured in “Designing Drones” episode of Xploration Station’s Nature Knows Best series.

continue reading Vijay Kumar awarded 2017 IEEE RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation January 12, 2017 The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society names Vijay Kumar the recipient of the 2017 George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation for his “leadership in building institutions and in creating national and international programs to promote robotics and automation.” Prof.

continue reading Yash Mulgaonkar, Luis Guerrero-Bonilla, Anurag Makineni, and Vijay Kumar are featured in IEEE Spectrum’s “The Secret to Small Drone Obstacle Avoidance Is to Just Crash Into Stuff” October 31, 2016 Roboticists are putting a tremendous amount of time and effort into finding the right combination of sensors and algorithms that will keep their drones from smashing into things.

It’s a very difficult problem: With a few exceptions, you’ve got small platforms that move fast and don’t have the payload capability for the kind of sensors or computers that you really need to do real-time avoidance of things like trees or power lines.

continue reading Ani Hsieh and Nora Ayanian (Kumar Lab Alum) are featured in Robohub’s “25 women in robotics you need to know about – 2016.” October 12, 2016 In celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, we’ve compiled our fourth annual ‘25 Women in Robotics You Need to Know About‘ list.

continue reading Giuseppe Loianno, Davide Scaramuzza and Vijay Kumar will host a workshop on vision-based high speed autonomous navigation of UAVs at IROS 2016 July 21, 2016 This workshop will focus on the systems’ challenges for small-scale and high speed navigation of aerial vehicles, where the size, weight and payload constraints only allow light-weight sensors like cameras, and the operating conditions of high speeds (20 m/s) require perception, state estimation, environment reconstruction, obstacle avoidance and planning algorithms over longer ranges and shorter time scales.

continue reading Giuseppe Loianno and Vijay Kumar organize a tutorial on aerial robotics at ICRA 2016 May 11, 2016 This tutorial provides an introduction to the theory and practice of aerial robots, with a mix of fundamentals and application.

continue reading Amanda Prorok, Ani Hsieh and Vijay Kumar awarded Best Paper at BICT 2015 November 13, 2015 We present a method that distributes a swarm of heterogeneous robots among a set of tasks that require specialized capabilities in order to be completed.

continue reading Ed Steager and Denise Wong lead research at the intersection of synthetic biology and micro robotics November 13, 2015 The University of Pennsylvania is participating in two National Science Foundation projects designed to advance cyber­physical systems with medical applications.

View Video continue reading Penn’s GRASP Lab Receives $5.5 Million for ‘Fast, Light and Autonomous’ Flying Robots November 05, 2015 The University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Laboratory has received a three-year, $5.5 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency to create new flying robots that are able to quickly and autonomously navigate unknown environments.

continue reading Amanda Prorok selected as MIT 2015 Rising Star October 23, 2015 As we harness swarms of autonomous robots to solve increasingly challenging tasks, we must find ways of distributing robot capabilities among distinct swarm members.

continue reading Penn’s new engineering dean is off to a flying start August 25, 2015 Before he became dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s engineering school this summer, Vijay Kumar did more than teach, research, and publish in journals: He brought the small, quick, responsive flying robots his lab developed to an influential public, posting videos on websites.

continue reading Elizabeth Beattie is featured in Forbes’ “Inventors: Breaking New Ground With The Forbes 30 Under 30″ August 23, 2015 Roboticist hunter first designed the titan arm, which amps the wearer’s biceps strength by 40 pounds, and is now working on microrobots half the width of a human hair.

continue reading Justin Thomas featured in IEEE article “Robotics Engineers Get Back to Nature” May 12, 2015 Fish, hawks, and microorganisms are inspiring a new generation of robots continue reading Justin Thomas and Yash Mulgaonkar appear on CBS Philly May 08, 2015 It’s Science Week on Talk Philly in conjunction with the Philadelphia Science Festival.

continue reading KMel’s acquisition by Qualcomm featured in Xconomy February 25, 2015 In a small-but-significant addition to its budding interest in robotics, San Diego-based Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) has acquired KMel Robotics, a Philadelphia, PA-based startup that specializes in multi-rotor drones capable of coordinated, high-performance operations.

continue reading Get a glimpse into the snaking, hovering and pedaling of robots past (video) December 13, 2013 The director of that awesome James Bond quadrotor video from last year has unearthered some fascinating footage from University of Pennsylvania professors, detailing robotic breakthroughs that lead to the creation of the acrobatic RHex, self-assembling modular CKbot and the aforementioned flying marvel.

continue reading Elizabeth Beattie’s team wins the Dyson Award: Titan Arm: Bionic bicep … October 25, 2013 (CNN) — In the past, if you wanted to be able to be able to lift more weight you would have to spend months bulking up at the gym.

Daniel Mellinger and Alex Kushleyev (KMel Robotics) - PDF continue reading 10 Innovators Who Changed the World in 2013 October 22, 2013 These brilliant engineers, designers, and dreamers captured our imagination by creating swarms of smart rescue robots, cars that drive themselves, and a rugged rover that could change the way we think about exploring the Red Planet.

Specific trends and themes that will be particularly important for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival include “Privacy and Security,” “Global Impact and Policy,” “Design and Development,” “Art, Science and Inspiration” and “Intelligent Future.” As in previous years, we continue to see lots of very strong interest in Startup Village programming so look for even more international participation in this space in March 2014…Read More… Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker will be a panelist on “When AR Meets the OR: Robotics & Augmented Reality in Surgery” under Health and Business.

continue reading We The Geeks: “Robots” On The Whitehouse.gov August 09, 2013 Join us on Friday, August 9th, at 2:00 pm EDT for a “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout on “Robots” – where pioneering scientists will discuss how robots can help transform everything from school classrooms to the factory floor and operating rooms to the way we explore the Solar System.

I’d been curious about his work ever since the first video on “A Swarm of Nano Quadrotors” hit the web over a year and a half ago - PDF continue reading Koushil Sreenath and Vijay Kumar win the RSS best paper award June 26, 2013 The 2013 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference will bring together researchers working on algorithmic or mathematical foundations of robotics, robotics applications, and analysis of robotic systems.

But now, with rare access to drone engineers and those who fly them for the U.S. military, NOVA reveals the amazing technologies that make drones so powerful as we see how a remotely-piloted drone strike looks and feels from inside the command center.

From cameras that can capture every detail of an entire city at a glance to swarming robots that can make decisions on their own to giant air frames that can stay aloft for days on end, drones are changing our relationship to war, surveillance, and each other.

Discover the cutting edge technologies that are propelling us toward a new chapter in aviation history as NOVA gets ready for “Rise of the Drones.” continue reading Smartest People in Philadelphia October 24, 2012 Just when you thought Apple had cornered the market on cool gadgets, along comes Kumar, the 50-year-old Penn prof who has invented tiny (as small as eight inches!) robots that can outmaneuver human-controlled drones, and even create 3-D maps of what they survey.

- PDF continue reading Invasion of the flying robots March 04, 2012 Long Beach, California (CNN) — It was after the robotic hummingbird flew around the auditorium — and after a speaker talked about the hypersonic plane that could fly from New York to the West Coast in 11 minutes — that things got really edgy.

MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Aerial Robots

He then served as the assistant director of robotics and cyber physical systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2012 – 2013).

He is the recipient of the 1991 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award, the 1996 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (University of Pennsylvania), the 1997 Freudenstein Award for significant accomplishments in mechanisms and robotics, the 2012 ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Award, the 2012 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award , a 2012 World Technology Network Award, and a 2014 Engelberger Robotics Award.

He has won best paper awards at DARS 2002, ICRA 2004, ICRA 2011, RSS 2011, and RSS 2013, and has advised doctoral students who have won Best Student Paper Awards at ICRA 2008, RSS 2009, and DARS 2010.

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Kumar's group works on creating autonomous ground and aerial robots, designing bio-inspired algorithms for collective behaviors, and on robot swarms.

They have won many best paper awards at conferences, and group alumni are leaders in teaching, research, business and entrepreneurship.

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