Vijay Kumar

Futurists, Science, Technology

Travels from Pennsylvania, USA

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Vijay Kumar Profile

A world expert in the collective behaviors of biological and robotic systems, Vijay Kumar is the Dean of Penn Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. His groundbreaking team works on creating autonomous ground and aerial robots as well as robot swarms, all of which are revolutionizing numerous industries.

Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has held many administrative positions in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, including director of the GRASP Laboratory, chair of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, and the position of the Deputy Dean. He served as the assistant director of robotics and cyber physical systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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      • Vijay Kumar studies the control and coordination of multi-robot formations. At the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, at the University of Pennsylvania, flying quadrotor robots move together in eerie formation, tightening themselves into perfect battalions, even filling in the gap when one of their own drops out. You might have seen viral videos of the quads zipping around the netting-draped GRASP Lab (they juggle! they fly through a hula hoop!).

    Dr. Kumar headed this lab from 1998-2004; he′s now the Deputy Dean for Education in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, where he continues his work in robotics, blending computer science and mechanical engineering to create the next generation of robotic wonders.

    Dr. Kumar received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1985 and 1987 respectively. He has been on the Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics with a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987.

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With over 8 million views on Youtube of his flying swarms of nano quadrotors, Dr. Kumar and his presentations add excitement to any event. A two-time TED Talk presenter, he discusses ways in which robotics and automated systems have changed the way humans interact with the world around us, and/or ways in which current areas of research might be expected to affect transformation in the future. Dr. Kumar is a popular speaker for audiences with backgrounds in engineering, industrial design, defense, and technology. He has presented at numerous international conferences and academic institutions.

    Suggested Speaking Topics:

    • Aerial Robots
    • The Future of Robotic Technology
    • Industrial, Service and Personal Robots
    • Robot Swarms

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