Madhavan, Raj

raj madhavan
Associate Research Scientist
Institute for Systems Research
Research Interests 
Humanitarian robotics and automation (development of cost effective, reliable, and efficient applied technologies and systems geared towards improving the quality of life); unmanned (aerial, ground) vehicle navigation in unstructured environments; performance evaluation, benchmarking, and standardization of intelligent systems.
World Modeling and Performance Evaluation for AGV Navigation in Unstructured Environments
Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking of Intelligent Robotic Systems
Background Info 

Raj Madhavan received a Ph.D. in Field Robotics from the University of Sydney and an ME (Research) in Systems Engineering from the Australian National University in 2001 and 1997, respectively. He is an associate research scientist with the Institute for Systems Research, and a member of the Maryland Robotics Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has held appointments with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (March 2001-January 2010) as an R&D staff member based at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (March 2002-June 2013) as a guest researcher, and as an assistant and associate research scientist with the University of Maryland, College Park (February 2010-June 2012, July 2012-June 2015).
Over the last 20 years, he has contributed to topics in field robotics, and systems and control theory. His current research interests lie in humanitarian robotics and automation – the application and tailoring of existing and emerging robotics and automation technologies for the benefit of humanity in a variety of domains, including unmanned (aerial, ground) vehicles in disaster scenarios. He is particularly interested in the development of technologies and systems that are cost effective, reliable, efficient and geared towards improving the quality of lives of people in under-served and under-developed communities around the globe. A recent IJARS Highlights article that provides an overview of his views and thoughts on humanitarian robotics is available from: (cf. pp. 50-52).
Dr. Madhavan has edited three books and four journal special issues, and has published over 180 papers in archival journals, conferences, and magazines. He has served as an invited independent judge for robotics competitions, has given numerous invited presentations in research organizations in several countries, has served on editorial boards and program committees of premier robotics, automation, and control conferences, and on several national and international panels and review boards. Within the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, he served as the Founding Chair of the Technical Committee on Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking of Robotics and Automation Systems, TC-PEBRAS (2009-2011), Founding Chair of the Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge, HRATC (2014, 2015), and currently serves as the Vice President of the Industrial Activities Board (2012-2015), Chair of the Standing Committee for Standards Activities (2010-2015), and since 2012 as the Founding Chair of the Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (RAS-SIGHT).
Dr. Madhavan is an elected eminent Engineer of the Tau Beta Pi University of Maryland Chapter, a full member of the scientific research society, Sigma Xi (NIST Chapter), and the Washington Academy of Sciences. He is a senior member of IEEE, and is the Founding Chair of the IEEE Washington/Northern Virginia Section Robotics Automation Society (2007-2009) and Sensors Council Chapters (2008-2009). He has won numerous service awards from IEEE (including 2008 Volunteer of the Year of the Washington Section). He was the postgraduate winner of the 1998 IEEE Region 10 (Asia and the Pacific) student paper competition and the graduate division winner of the 1998 Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) outstanding student paper contest.

He can be contacted via email at <>.

Related News 

Madhavan's work for RAS-SIGHT featured in IEEE's The Institute
SIGHT coordinates IEEE's humanitarian efforts.February 20, 2013

Raj Madhavan chairs new IEEE robotics special interest group
RAS-SIGHT focuses on humanitarian technology.December 20, 2012

Madhavan delivers plenary address at RobMech 2012
Madhavan's talk focused on evaluating industrial mobile robots.December 20, 2012

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