Vijay Kumar - "Flying Robots"
Dr. Vijay Kumar, UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, is a world-renowned pioneer in the development of multi-robot systems and micro aerial vehicles. Dr. Kumar headed Penn's prestigious General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception lab (GRASP) from 1998-2004. He is responsible for bringing cutting-edge, sophisticated "flying robots" to the attention of the public, including the President of the United States, whom he serves as Assistant Director for Robotics and Cyber Physical Systems in the Office of Science and Technology Policy while on sabbatical during the 2012-2013 academic year. "He stands on the heights of Mount Olympus, providing the model we could only aspire to someday," remarked Chris Anderson, Chairman of 3D Robotics. Professor Kumar's talk, Flying Robots, will look at issues raised in his popular YouTube piece, "Robots that fly and...cooperate."
The program will begin at 4 pm, Thursday, April 25, 2013 in the School of Engineering's Skirkanich Hall with a reception to follow.