Biography of Dr. Satyandra K. Gupta

Dr. Satyandra K. Gupta is Smith International Professor in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department and the Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the University of Southern California, he was a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland. He was the founding director of the Maryland Robotics Center and the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at the University of Maryland. He also served as a Program Director for the National Robotics Initiative at the National Science Foundation from September 2012 to September 2014. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, he was a Research Scientist in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Gupta received a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Roorkee (currently known as the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee) in 1988. He received a Gold Medal for securing the first rank in his B.E. class (1988) and a Gold Medal for the best Engineering Design Project (1988). He received a Master of Technology (M. Tech.) in Production Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1989. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1994. During his Ph.D. study, he was awarded a Graduate School Fellowship and an Institute for Systems Research Graduate Fellowship. For his highly inter-disciplinary Ph.D. research, he received Institute for Systems Research’s George Harhalakis Outstanding Systems Engineering Graduate Student Award (1994).

Dr. Gupta's research interest is in the area of automation. He is specifically interested in automation problems arising in Computer Aided Design, Manufacturing Automation, and Robotics. His current research is mainly focused on physics-aware planning in robotics applications. Physically challenging environments require robots to be able to negotiate around dynamically moving objects, cope with significant uncertainties in the outcome of action execution, and sensor limitations and uncertainties. The main focus of his current work is on (1) computationally efficient physics-based simulations for evaluating plans, (2) identifying representations to increase planning efficiency, (3) architectures that combine reactive behaviors and deliberative reasoning during planning, (4) computational synthesis of action selection policies to enable real-time planning, and (5) automatically learning heuristics to speed up planning. His group is currently working on automated planning for human robot collaborations in assembly tasks, autonomous unmanned sea surface vehicles, autonomous bio-inspired robots, and automated optical micro-manipulation.

His prior research work focused on the geometric reasoning and planning problems in manufacturing applications. Specifically, he worked on accessibility analysis, feature recognition, manufacturability analysis, mold design, path planning, process planning, setup planning, shape similarity assessment, shape measurement, and tool selection problems. He has experience with the following manufacturing domains: mechanical assembly, computer numerical control machining, micro fabrication, injection molding, multi-material molding, sheet metal bending, solid freeform fabrication, and waterjet cutting.

Dr. Gupta has authored or co-authored more than three hundred articles in journals, conference proceedings, and book chapters. He has also delivered more than hundred invited tutorials, seminars, and keynote lectures at conferences, workshops, government labs, and universities. He holds a US Patent titled Apparatus and Method for Multi-Purpose Setup Planning for Sheet Metal Bending Operations.

He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has served as the Chair of the Design for Manufacturing Technical Committee in the Design Division of ASME. He has organized several conference sessions in the area of computer-aided design, manufacturing automation, and robotics. He has served as Exhibit Chair in 2000 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Program Chair in 2002 ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference, and Conference Chair in 2003 ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference. He has served as a member on the Editorial Advisory Board for Assembly Automation and Computer Aided Design and Applications journals. He has also served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, and SME Journal of Manufacturing Processes. He has also served on the Program Committees for Geometric Modeling and Processing Conference, Computer Aided Design Conference, Product Lifecycle Management Conference, CAD and Graphics Conference, Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines (CLAWAR), IEEE International Symposium on Assembly and Manufacturing, IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, and ACM Solid and Physical Modeling Conference.

Dr. Gupta has received several honors and awards for his research contributions. Representative examples include: a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research in 2000, a Robert W. Galvin Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2001, a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2001, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2001, Invention of the Year Award in Physical Science category at the University of Maryland in 2007, Kos Ishii-Toshiba Award from ASME Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Committee in 2011, and Excellence in Research Award from ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Division in 2013. He has also received six best paper awards at conferences and 2012 Most Cited Paper Award from Computer Aided Design Journal. He received Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in 2014.

Last updated on January 11, 2016