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MIME Distinguished Speaker, Vijay Kumar, Ph.D.: Opportunities and Challenges in Autonomy for Small Aerial Vehicles

Aerial robots, drones, unmanned aerial vehicles and remotely piloted vehicles are increasingly becoming commoditized. I will discuss the challenges of realizing autonomous flight in three-dimensional environments with obstacles in the absence of GPS. I will describe our approaches to state estimation, designing perception-action loops and planning in unstructured environments for high speed navigation with applications to precision agriculture and first response. Finally, I will discuss some of the limitations with current approaches in the field of robotics and AI, and remaining challenges in robotics and autonomy. 

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 Bachelors of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1987. He has been on the Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987.

Dr. Kumar served as the director of the GRASP Laboratory, a multidisciplinary robotics and perception laboratory, from 1998-2004. He has served as the assistant director of robotics and cyber physical systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2012 – 2013). He founded Exyn Technologies which is commercializing autonomous aerial robots in construction, mining and warehousing industries. 

Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013 and the American Philosophical Society in 2018.

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Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10:00am to 11:00am

Dearborn Hall, 118
1891 SW Campus Way, Corvallis, OR 97331

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College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
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