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Faculty Fellow

Kenneth Foster

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Professor of Bioengineering

About

Kenneth R. Foster is Professor of Bioengineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. His research interests relate to biomedical applications of nonionizing radiation from audio through microwave frequency ranges, and health and safety aspects of electromagnetic fields as they interact with the body. Foster examines the prospects of workers in electrical occupations and the controversy related to possible cancer risk from electromagnetic field exposure. He has written also on the broader topic of technological risk, and impact of technology (principally, electrotechnologies) on humans. His goal in this area is to examine technology, putting into perspective its relative risks and benefits to society. What he hopes to impart is a better perception of the social use of science.

Selected Publications

Foster, K.R. and J. E. Moulder. 2017. “Will an MRI Examination Damage Your Genes?” Radiation Research 187(1).

Foster, K.R. and D. J. Callans, 2017. “Smartphone apps meet evidence based medicine.” IEEE Pulse (April/May).

Foster, K.R.  2017. “Radiofrequency Fields and the Precautionary Principle.” In Non-ionizing Radiation Protection: Summary of Research and Policy Options, edited by A.W. Wood and K. Karipisis, 405-429. Wiley.

Foster, K.R. 2016. “3-Dimensional Printing in Medicine: Hype, Hope, and The Challenge of Personalized Medicine.” In Philosophy and Engineering: Exploring Boundaries, Expanding Connections, edited by Byron Newberry, Diane Michelfelder, and Qin Zhu, 211-228. New York City: Springer.

Foster, K.R. 2015. “Biological Effects of Radiofrequency Energy As Related to Health and Safety.” In Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 2nd Edition, edited by John Webster. Wiley. 

Faculty Fellow

Vijay Kumar

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Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

About

Vijay Kumar is the Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering with appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Computer and Information Science, and Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kumar received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1987. He has been on the Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics with a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987. Dr. Kumar served as the Deputy Dean for Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2000-2004. He directed the GRASP Laboratory, a multidisciplinary robotics and perception laboratory, from 1998-2004. He was the Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from 2005-2008. He served as the Deputy Dean for Education in the  School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2008-2012. He then served as the assistant director of robotics and cyber physical systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2012 – 2013). Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2003), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers(2005) and a member of the National Academy of Engineering (2013). Dr. Kumar’s research interests are in robotics, specifically multi-robot systems, and micro aerial vehicles. He has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics and the Springer Tract in Advanced Robotics (STAR). He currently serves as Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics and as Advisory Board Member of the AAAS Science Robotics Journal. He is the recipient of the 1991 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award, the 1996 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (University of Pennsylvania), the 1997 Freudenstein Award for significant accomplishments in mechanisms and robotics, the 2012 ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Award, the 2012 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award, a 2012 World Technology Network (wtn.net) award, a 2014 Engelberger Robotics Award and the 2017 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation.  He has won best paper awards at DARS 2002, ICRA 2004, ICRA 2011, RSS 2011, and RSS 2013, and has advised doctoral students who have won Best Student Paper Awards at ICRA 2008, RSS 2009, and DARS 2010.

Selected Publications

Ehsani and Das, “Yield estimation in citrus with SUAVs,” Citrus Extension Trade Journals, pp. 16-18, 2016. 

Concha, Loianno, Kumar, and Civera, “Visual-inertial direct SLAM,” in 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2016, pp. 1331-1338. 

Wong, Steager, and Kumar, “Independent Control of Identical Magnetic Robots in a Plane,” IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 1, iss. 1, pp. 554-561, 2016. 

Hunter, Chodosh, Steager, and Kumar, “Control of microstructures propelled via bacterial baths,” in 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2016, pp. 1693-1700. 

Kessens, Thomas, Desai, and Kumar, “Versatile Aerial Grasping Using Self-Sealing Suction,” in IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Stockholm, 2016. 
 

Faculty Fellow

Daniel Lee

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UPS Foundation Chair Professor

About

Daniel Lee is the UPS Foundation Chair Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He received his B.A. summa cum laude in Physics from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995.  Before coming to Penn, he was a researcher at AT&T and Lucent Bell Laboratories in the Theoretical Physics and Biological Computation departments.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE and AAAI and has received the National Science Foundation CAREER award and the University of Pennsylvania Lindback award for distinguished teaching.   He was also a fellow of the Hebrew University Institute of Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, an affiliate of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and organized the US-Japan National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering symposium.  As director of the GRASP Laboratory and founding co-director of the CMU-Penn University Transportation Center, his group focuses on understanding general computational principles in biological systems, and on applying that knowledge to build autonomous systems.

 

Selected Publications

Khan, Arbaaz, Clark Zhang, Nikolay Atanasov, Konstantinos Karydis, Vijay Kumar, Daniel D. Lee. 2017. “Memory Augmented Control Networks.” arXiv.

Khan, Arbaaz, Clark Zhang, Nikolay Atanasov, Konstantinos Karydis, Daniel D. Lee, Vijay Kumar. 2017. “End-to-End Navigation in Unknown Environments using Neural Networks.” arXiv.

McGill, Stephen G, Seung‐Joon Yi, Hak Yi, Min Sung Ahn, Sanghyun Cho, Kevin Liu, Daniel Sun, Bhoram Lee, Heejin Jeong, Jinwook Huh, Dennis Hong, and Daniel D Lee. 2017. “Team THOR's Entry in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals 2015.” Journal of Field Robotics 34(4): 775-801.

Huh, Jinwook, Bhoram Lee, and Daniel D Lee. 2017. “Adaptive motion planning with high-dimensional mixture models.” Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2017 IEEE International Conference.

Faculty Fellow

Megan Ryerson

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Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning and Electrical and Systems Engineering

About

Megan Ryerson is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of City and Regional Planning and Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Research Director of the Mobility21 Transportation Research Center, a national University Transportation Center (UTC) and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Through Mobility21, supported by a five-year transportation research grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Dr. Ryerson and her team are committed to examining cross-disciplinary problems such as autonomous vehicles, intercity transportation planning, and pedestrian and bicycle safety to improve accessibility and mobility for specific populations. Dr. Ryerson’s major contributions are in the field of transportation infrastructure planning and demand forecasting. Her work has investigated how airports compete for air service across megaregions, how airlines can reconfigure their disaster planning to achieve more resilient outcomes, and how flights can be planned more proactive to reduce fuel consumption. Dr. Ryerson is a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation State Transportation Innovation Council, the Board of Advisors for the Eno Center for Transportation, the Women’s Transportation Seminar Philadelphia Chapter, and she was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and the Governor of Pennsylvania to aviation-related advisory committees. In 2015 Dr. Ryerson was named “Woman of the Year” by the Women's Transportation Seminar-Philadelphia Chapter.

Selected Publications

Ryerson, M.S. 2017 (in press). “Diversion Ahead: Modeling the Factors Driving Diversion Airport Choice After an Unexpected Airport Outage.” Journal of Infrastructure Systems.

Suh, D., M.S. Ryerson. 2017.” Adaptive Airport Planning Frameworks and Techniques for a New Era of Planning.” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2603: 1–15. 

Ryerson, M.S. 2016. “Incentivize It and They Will Come? How Some of the Busiest U.S. Airports are Building Air Service with Incentive Programs.” Journal of the American Planning Association 82(4): 303-315.

Ryerson, M.S., Woodburn, A. 2014. “Build Capacity or Manage Demand: Can regional planners lead American aviation into a new frontier of demand management?” Journal of the American Planning Association 80(2): 138-152. 

Faculty Fellow

Saswati Sarkar

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Professor

About

Saswati Sarkar is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Her research interests are in the science and economics of various classes of networks – for example, communication, social, transportation, power, and economic networks – with an emphasis on pricing and market economics, security, resource allocation, optimization and control of stochastic systems, distributed systems, and algorithms as well as sustainable development. She is currently serving as an Associate Editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. She received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Award in 2003.

Selected Publications

Ghosh, Arnob, Saswati Sarkar, Randall Berry. 2017. “The Value of Side-Information in Secondary Spectrum Markets.” IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications 35(1).

Bera, Susanta, Moumita Pal, Saswati Sarkar, and Sunirmal Jana. 2017. “Hierarchically Structured Macro with Nested Mesoporous Zinc Indium Oxide Conducting Film.” ACS Applied Material Interfaces 9(5): 4420–4424.

Lotfi, Mohammad Hassan, Karthikeyan Sundaresan, Saswati Sarkar, Mohammad Ali Khojastepour. 2017. “Economics of Quality Sponsored Data in Non-Neutral Networks.” IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking 25(4).

Khouzani, M. H. R., Saswati Sarkar, and Eitan Altman. 2012. “Optimal Dissemination of Security Patches in Mobile Wireless Networks.” IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 58(7): 4714-4732.

Faculty Fellow

Tony Smith

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Professor of Systems Engineering and Regional Science

About

Tony Smith is Professor of Systems Engineering and Regional Science, Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering. His primary area of research is in the theory and application of probabilistic models to spatial interaction behavior. Specific interests focus on structural analysis and axiomatic foundations of such models. Related areas of interest are in probabilistic theories of choice behavior, spatial statistical analysis and GIS. A secondary area of research is in transportation and land use modeling.

Selected Publications

Hillier, Amy, Tony Smith, Eliza D. Whiteman, and Benjamin W. Chrisinger. 2017. “Discrete Choice Model of Food Store Trips Using National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS).” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14(10).

Buzarda, Kristy, Gerald A. Carlino, Robert M. Hunt, Jake K. Carr, and Tony E. Smith. 2017. “The Agglomeration of American R&D Labs.” Journal of Urban Economics 101: 14-26.

Dearmon, Jacob and Tony Smith. 2017. “Local Marginal Analysis of Spatial Data: A Gaussian Process Regression Approach with Bayesian Model and Kernel Averaging.” Spatial Econometrics 37: 297-342.

Dearmon, Jacob and Tony Smith. 2016. “Gaussian Process Regression and Bayesian Model Averaging: An alternative approach to modeling spatial phenomena.” Geographical Analysis 48: 82-111.

Grandner, Michael A., Tony E. Smith, Nicholas Jackson, Tara Jackson, Sarah Burgard, and Charles Branas. 2015. “Geographic Distribution of Insufficient Sleep across the US: A County-Level Hotspot Analysis.” Sleep Health 1(3): 158-165.

Faculty Fellow

Vukan Vuchic

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UPS Foundation Professor Emeritus of Transportation Engineering

About

Vukan Vuchic is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE) in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Professor Emeritus in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design. He researches transportation systems, especially urban transportation. He examines: urban transportation systems technology, operations, planning and economics; the definitions of transportation networks and systems components and their modeling; the interrelationship of cities and transportation with respect to urban policies, planning, livability and sustainability. His lectures, publications and projects have made significant contributions to the introduction of Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems in many North American cities. He has analyzed Metro rail networks and promoted High-Speed Railway (HSR) systems worldwide.

Vuchic has been consultant to U.S. Department of Transportation, cities of Belgrade, Beijing, Philadelphia, Rome, Singapore and transit agencies BART, WMATA, NYCT, SEPTA, TTC, Moscow Metro, and many others. He has received medals from associations of transit agencies in Germany (VDV) and U.S. (APTA) and Honorary Doctorates (Honoris Causa) from CNAM University in Paris and Waterloo University in Canada. He is a foreign member of Academies of Sciences in Russia and Serbia.

Selected Publications

Vuchic, Vukan. 2007. Urban Transit Systems and Technology. John Wiley and Sons.

Vuchic, Vukan. 2005. Urban Transit Operations, Planning and Economics. John Wiley and Sons.

Vuchic, Vukan. 1999. Transportation for Livable Cities. Rutgers. 

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