Arun Lakshmanan，a PhD researcher in our lab, recently completed a competitive summer internship with the company Oculus VR. In this position, he was researching within the field of virtual reality, also known as VR.
We just got a NSF award to develop a framework that synergizes manipulatable distribution networks, comprising autonomous flying robots (drones) with existing transport networks, towards enhanced autonomy and economics in logistics. Imagine that a ride-sharing vehicle outfitted with a docking device for packages on its roof is traveling through a distribution center towards downtown. A drone can place a package on the vehicle’s roof while it drives by the distribution center, and another drone can recover the package once the vehicle is driving through another distribution center in proximity to its destination. The approach relies on three main thrusts: i) socially aware robotics, ii) safe and robust motion planning and execution, iii) cooperative network logistics.
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Venanzio Cichella, a recent graduate from our group, assumed a faculty job in University of Iowa. He started as assistant professor at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering this fall. We wish him every success in his future career.
Professor Naira Hovakimyan has been named among the class of 2018 Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with the citation “For contributions to control with applications to aerospace and robotic systems.”
Click here to see the full list of IEEE 2018 Newly Elevated Fellows.