Vijay Kumar (roboticist)

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Vijay Kumar
Born (1962-04-12) 12 April 1962 (age 60)
Alma materOhio State University
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Pennsylvania
Notable studentsJaydev P. Desai

Vijay Kumar (born 12 April 1962) is an Indian roboticist and UPS foundation professor in the School of Engineering & Applied Science with secondary appointments in computer and information science and electrical and systems engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and became the new Dean of Penn Engineering on 1 July 2015.[1]

Kumar is known for his research in the control and coordination of multi-robot formations.[2][3] He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2018.[4]


  • B.Tech., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, May 1983
  • M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, March 1988
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, September 1987

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Honours and awards[edit]

  • The Ohio State University Presidential Fellowship (1986)
  • NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1991)
  • Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Pennsylvania (1996)
  • The Ferdinand Freudenstein Award for significant contributions to mechanisms and robotics awarded at the 5th National Conference on Mechanisms and Robotics (1997)
  • Best paper award, Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (2002)
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2003)
  • Kayamori Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (2004)
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Lecturer (2005)
  • Fellow, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2005)
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Award (2012)
  • George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research (2013)[5]
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering (2013)
  • Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award (2013)
  • IIT Kanpur Distinguished Alumnus Award 2013–14, for his outstanding contributions to the area of control and coordination of multi-robot formations.
  • The Joseph Engelberger Award by the Robotics Industries Association (2014)
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Award (2020)


  1. ^ Kim, Isabel. "BREAKING: Vijay Kumar named new dean of engineering". The Daily Pennsylvanian. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  2. ^ Desai, J.P.; Ostrowski, J.P.; Kumar, V. (2001). "Modeling and control of formations of nonholonomic mobile robots". IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation. 17 (6): 905–908. doi:10.1109/70.976023.
  3. ^ Desai, J.P.; Ostrowski, J.; Kumar, V. (1998). "Controlling formations of multiple mobile robots". Robotics and Automation, 1998. Proceedings. 1998 IEEE International Conference on. Vol. 4. doi:10.1109/ROBOT.1998.680621.
  4. ^ "Election of New Members at the 2018 Spring Meeting". American Philosophical Society. 28 April 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Vijay Kumar Receives Heilmeier Research Award". Penn Engineering. Retrieved 23 February 2013.

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