Vijay Kumar (roboticist)

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Vijay Kumar
Born (1962-04-12) April 12, 1962 (age 55)
Residence United States
Nationality Indian
Fields Robotics
Institutions University of Pennsylvania
Alma mater Ohio State University
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Notable students Jaydev P. Desai

Vijay Kumar (born April 12, 1962) is an Indian roboticist and UPS foundation professor in the School of Engineering & Applied Mechanics 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 July 1, 2015.[1] Kumar is known for his research in the control and coordination of multi-robot formations.[2][3]


  • B. Tech., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, May 1983
  • M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, March 1985
  • 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) [4]
  • 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)


  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". Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions on. 17 (6): 905–908. doi:10.1109/70.976023. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  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. 4. 
  4. ^ "Vijay Kumar Receives Heilmeier Research Award". Penn Engineering. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 

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