Erik Jonsson
School of Engineering & Computer Science
The University of texas at Dallas



April 1, 2016

Vijay Kumar // University of Pennsylvania

Flying Robots: Beyond UAVs

Flying robots can operate in three-dimensional, indoor and outdoor environments. However, many challenges arise as we scale down the size of the robot, which is necessary for operating in cluttered environments. Dr. Vijay Kumar will describe recent work in developing small, autonomous robots, and the design and algorithmic challenges in the areas of control and planning, state estimation and mapping and coordinating large teams of robots. He will also discuss applications to search and rescue, first response and precision farming. More information about Kumar's research, including publications and videos are available at


Dr. Vijay Kumar is the Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering with appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Computer and Information Science, and Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor of technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and his PhD from The Ohio State University in 1987. He has served in various capacities at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987. He also served as the assistant director of robotics and cyber physical systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2012 to 2013. Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2003), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (2005) and a member of the National Academy of Engineering (2013).


11 a.m. in TI Auditorium (ECSS 2.102).
Refreshments at 10:45 a.m. in the lobby.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Jayar Medlock at 972.883.2236 or [email protected]