“What if there was a way for first responders to survey the scene inside a collapsed building without physically entering it first? What if there existed a technology that allowed farmers to increase their yield by optimizing each individual plant? A pioneer of multi-robot formation auto-control and coordination, Vijay Kumar shows us how his cutting-edge drone technology can better the world in the very near future.
Vijay Kumar’s creative, algorithmic, and experimental work has transformed robotics. At the University of Pennsylvania’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, he creates the next generation of robotic wonders. His flying robots can juggle, fly through hula-hoops, and most importantly… work together. Passionate about sharing his knowledge with the world’s innovators, he has authored more than 400 publications. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the IEEE Computer Society. Most recently, Vijay Kumar was named the Dean of The School of Engineering and Applied Science and is participating in large-scale National Science Foundation projects on cyber-physical systems with medical applications.”