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Roboticist & Professor in the School of Engineering & Applied
Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania
Vijay Kumar is the UPS Foundation Professor with appointments in the Departments of Mechanical
Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Computer and Information Science, and Electrical and Systems
Kumar's group works on creating autonomous ground and aerial robots, designing bio-inspired algorithms
for collective behaviors, and on robot swarms. They have won many best paper awards at conferences,
and group alumni are leaders in teaching, research, business and entrepreneurship. Kumar is a fellow of
ASME and IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Vijay Kumar has held many administrative positions in the School of Engineering and Applied Science,
including director of the GRASP Laboratory, chair of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, and
the position of the Deputy Dean. He served as the assistant director of robotics and cyber physical
systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.