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Raj Madhavan

  • Ph.D.
  • Distinguished Visting Professor of Robotics
  • Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham - Amritapuri Campus
  • 1PublicationsNumber of items in Raj's My Publications folder on Mendeley.

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Research interests

Societal Impact of Autonomous TechnologiesTechnology for Sustainable DevelopmentHumanitarian Robotics and Automation


Raj Madhavan is the Founder & CEO of Humanitarian Robotics Technologies, LLC, Maryland, U.S.A. and a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Robotics with AMMACHI Labs at Amrita University, Kerala, India. He has held appointments with the 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), and as an assistant and associate research scientist, and as a member of the Maryland Robotics Center with the University of Maryland, College Park (February 2010-December 2015). He received a Ph.D. in Field Robotics from the University of Sydney and an ME (Research) in Systems Engineering from the Australian National University. 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. Dr. Madhavan has edited three books and four journal special issues, and has published over 185 papers in archival journals, conferences, and magazines. 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), Vice President of the Industrial Activities Board (2012-2015), Chair of the Standing Committee for Standards Activities (2010-2015), and since 2012 is the Founding Chair of the Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (RAS-SIGHT). He is the 2016 recipient of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s Distinguished Service Award for his “distinguished service and contributions to RAS industrial and humanitarian activities”.

Publications (1)

  • The world cup of drones [humanitarian technology]

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Professional experience

Distinguished Visting Professor of Robotics

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham - Amritapuri Campus

February 2016 - Present