Autonomous Agile Aerial Robots?

Vijay Kumar 

Wednesdays@NICO Seminar, Noon, April 25 2012, Chambers Hall, Lower Level

Prof. Vijay Kumar, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, University of Pennsylvania


Autonomous micro aerial robots can operate in three-dimensional environments, and offer many opportunities for the field robotics community. I will describe the challenges in developing small, agile robots and our recent work in addressing these challenges. I will also discuss the problems in deploying large numbers of aerial robots with applications to cooperative manipulation and transport, construction, and exploration and mapping in indoor environments.


VIJAY KUMAR is the UPS Foundation Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and the Deputy Dean for Education in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD from the Ohio State University in 1987. He is a Fellow of the ASME and the IEEE. He is the recipient of the 1991 NSF Presidential Young In-vestigator award, the 1996 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and best paper awards at DARS 2002, ICRA 2004, ICRA 2008, ICRA 2011, RSS 2009, DARS 2010 and RSS 2011.  More information can be found at