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Manish Kumar

manish kumar

Manish Kumar, PhD

Biography

Manish Kumar holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering which he earned in 2004 from Duke University where he did his dissertation on Sensor Fusion and Intelligent Control of Autonomous Cooperating Robots. His Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering is also from Duke University where he graduated in 2002 after completing his thesis on Sensor Based Coordination and Control of Multiple Robots. Kumar’s Bachelor of Science is from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, where he graduated in 1998 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

In addition to coauthoring a book titled, Ant Colony Inspired Robotic Swarm Systems, in 2011, Kumar actively reviews multiple scholarly journals and also publishes his own articles for journals, conferences, and research offices. He also mentors many PhD and MS candidates and has served as the chair of multiple professional conferences and organizations as well as worked as a consultant for Edaptive Computing, Inc.

 

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Research Interests

  • Unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Decentralized control of multi-robot systems
  • Fusion of data in distributed environment
  • Resource management in complex, uncertain environment
  • Biologically inspired methods for control
  • Control and optimization in large-scale networked environment

Professional Experience

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
2015- Present
University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
Associate Professor
2012 –  2014
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Assistant Professor
2007 – 2012
Army Research Office (ARO), NC
National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate
2005 – 2007
Duke University, Durham, NC
Postdoctoral Research Associate
2004 – 2007
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Visiting Scholar
2006 – 2007
Duke University, Durham, NC
Graduate Research Assistant
2000 – 2004
Duke University, Durham, NC
Graduate Teaching Assistant
2003 – 2003
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Bangalore, India
Design Engineer
1998 – 2000

 

Honors and Awards

Team SUAVE (Smart Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Exploration) wins first position in Autonomous Aerial Vehicle Competition held at the Ohio Unmanned Aerial Systems Conference 2014
Neil Wandmacher Teaching Award for Young Faculty, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Cincinnati 2011
Recognition at Breakfast of Champions, University of Cincinnati’s Turner Scholar Program 2010, 2012
Best Presentation of the Session Award, American Control Conference 2008
National Research Council Associateship Award to carry out independent research supported by Army Research Office 2005
Mechanical Engineering Graduate Research Award to support graduate studies at Duke University 2000-2004
Duke University Graduate School Travel Award for participation in and paper presentation at the American Control Conference 2004
ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) Student Travel Award for participation in and paper presentation at the ASME International Congress and Exposition 2002, 2003, 2004
ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) Student Travel Award for participation in and paper presentation at the American Control Conference 2002, 2004
Ranked in top 0.5% among 150,000 students who took Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for selection into Indian Institutes of Technology 1994
Selected to represent the state of Bihar, India for Indian National Mathematics Olympiad 1993

 

Selected Journal Publications

  1. Nemati, A. and Kumar, M., “Dynamic Modeling and Control of a Quadrotor with Tilting Rotors”, submitted to the Transactions of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 2014.
  2. HomChaudhuri, B. and Kumar, M., “A Newton Based Distributed Optimization Method with Local Information for Large-Scale Networked Optimization Problems”, submitted to the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network System, 2014.
  3. Ramakrishnan, S., Laurent, T., Kumar, M., and Bertozzi, A., “Spatiotemporal chemotactic model for ant foraging”, Modern Physics Letters B, Vol. 28, No. 30, DOI: 10.1142/S0217984914502388, pp. 1450238-1 – 1450238-9, 2014.
  4. Kivelevitch, E., Kumar, M., and Cohen, K., “A Multi-Agent Economic Market Solution for the Multi-Depots Vehicle Routing Problem with Profits”, submitted to the Journal of Aerospace Operations, 2014.
  5. HomChaudhuri, B. and Kumar, M., “A Newton Based Distributed Optimization Method for Large-Scale Networked Optimization Problems”, submitted to the Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 2014.
  6. HomChaudhuri, B. and Kumar, M., “A Noise Based Distributed Optimization Method for Multi-Robot Task Allocation with Multi-modal Utility”, Transactions of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control (in press), 2014.
  7. Tan, R. and Kumar, M., “Tracking of Ground Mobile Targets by Quadrotor UAVs”, Journal of Unmanned Systems, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 157-173, 2014.
  8. Kivelevitch, E., Sharma, B., Ernest, N., Kumar, M., and Cohen, K., “A Hierarchical Market Solution to the Min-Max Multiple Depots, Multiple Traveling Salesmen Problem”, Journal of Unmanned Systems, Vol. 2, No. 1, DOI: 10.1142/S230138501450006X, pp. 87-100, 2014.
  9. Sharma, B., Ramakrishnan, S., and Kumar, M., “Cyclic Pursuit in a Multi-Agent Robotic System with Double- Integrator Dynamics Under Linear Interactions”, Robotica, Vol. 31, No. 7, DOI No.: 10.1017/S0263574713000271, pp. 1037 – 1050, 2013.
  10. Kivelevitch, E., Cohen, K., and Kumar, M., “A Market-Based Solution to the Multiple Traveling Salesmen Problem”, Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, Vol. 72, No. 1, DOI No.: 10.1007/s10846-012-9805-3, pp. 21-40, 2013.

Book Chapters

  1. Kivelevitch, E., Cohen, K., and Kumar, M., “Near-Optimal Assignment of UAVs to Targets Using a Market-Based Approach”, Operations Research for Unmanned Vehicle Operations, Editors: Jeffrey R. Cares and John Q. Dickmann, Jr,. Ph.D., 2014
  2. Kumar, M. and Garg, D., “Multi-Sensor Data Fusion in Presence of Uncertainty and Inconsistency in Data”, Sensor and Data Fusion, (Nada Milisavljevic, Editor) IN-TECH Publications, ISBN 978-3-902613-52-3, Austria, Feb. 2009, pp. 225 – 243.
  3. Garg, D. and Kumar, M., “Neural Controllers”, In Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering, (Benjamin Wah, Editor), Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470050118.ecse071, 2008.
  4. Garg, D. and Kumar, M., “Multi Sensor Fusion in a Flexible Workcell Environment”, In Mechatronics and Machine Vision 2002: Current Practice, Research Studies Press Ltd., England, 2002, pp. 87-95.

Selected Research Grants

  1. PI on “Situational Awareness during Fire and Emergency (SAFE)”, Awarded by the National Science Foundation, Grant No. IIP-1414346, 06/01/2014 – 12/01/2015, $200,000.
  2. PI on “Multi-UAV Task Allocation via Distributed Optimization”, Awarded by the Air Force Research Lab/Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute, 08/25/2014-08/24/2015, $51,000.
  3. Co-PI on “Robotics/Mechatronics Control Challenge for Undergraduate Students”, Awarded by the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, June 2014 – May 2016, $25,000.
  4. Co-PI on “Smart Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Exploration (SUAVE)”, Awarded by Ohio Space Grants Consortium, 02/14/14-12/31/14, $4,000.
  5. PI on “I-Corps: Wildfire Incident Command Decision Support System”, Awarded by the National Science Foundation, Grant No. IIP-1343498, July 2013 – Feb. 2014, $50,000.
  6. Co-PI on “Seamless Transition from Academia to Real-world (STAR): A Collaborative Partnership to Producing Industry Ready Graduates”, Awarded by National Science Foundation, Grant No. DUE-1141120, May 2012 – April 2014, $199,999.

Selected Invited Presentations

  1. “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research at The University of Toledo”, Northern Ohio Unmanned Aerial Systems Capabilities Workshop, Cleveland, OH, July 2, 2014.
  2. “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research and Practical Implementation”, Ohio State Professional Engineers Spring CPD Conference and Annual Member Meeting, Toledo, OH, June 14, 2014.
  3. “Surveillance for Intelligent Emergency Response Robotic Aircraft (SIERRA)”, 2014 Ohio Electronic Surveillance Equipment Symposium, Columbus, OH, April 17, 2014.
  4. “Vision Based Tracking of Human Gait Using Kinematic Models”, International Human Centered Robotics Symposium, University of Cincinnati, OH, Nov. 16, 2013.
  5. “Control and Optimization in Complex Networked Systems: Algorithms and Applications”, Applied Analysis and Dynamical Systems Seminar in Department of Mathematics, University of Toledo, OH, Dec. 5, 2013.
  6. “UAV Solutions for Effective Fighting of Urban and Forest Fires”, North East Ohio Fire Prevention Association Meeting, Beachwood, OH, Dec. 2, 2013.
  7. “Collective Perception in Large-Scale Dynamic Systems” International Symposium on Resilient Control Systems, Salt Lake City, UT, Aug. 15, 2012.
  8. “Analysis of a New PDE Model for Ant Foraging”, American Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Orlando, FL, July 3, 2012.
  9. “Control and Optimization in Complex Networked Systems”, Ohio Supercomputing Center, April 04, 2012
  10. “Distributed Motion Control in Swarm Robotic Systems: Algorithms and Applications”, School of Computing Sciences and Informatics, University of Cincinnati, OH, Sept. 30, 2011.
  11. “Characterization and Control of Emergent Behavior in Complex Systems”, National Science Foundation Principal Investigators Meet, Arlington, VA, Mar. 29, 2011.