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Raj Madhavan

Raj Madhavan is an associate research scientist with the University of Maryland, College Park and a guest researcher with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA. He received a Ph.D. in Field Robotics from the University of Sydney, ME(Research) in Systems Engineering from the Australian National University, and BEEE from the College of Engineering, Anna University, India. Over the last 18 years, he has contributed to various topics in field robotics, systems and control theory. His current research interests include autonomous vehicle navigation in unstructured environments, performance evaluation, benchmarking, and standardization of intelligent systems, and the application of robotics and automation technologies for promoting humanitarian causes in a variety of domains. He has edited two books and four journal special issues, and has published over 170 papers in archival journals, conferences, and technical reports.

Dr. Madhavan has served as an invited independent judge for robotics competitions, has given numerous invited presentations in research organizations in several countries and has served on program committees of premier robotics, automation, and control conferences. He is active at various levels of IEEE and currently serves as the Vice President of the Industrial Activities Board, Chair of the Standing Committee for Standards Activities, and Chair of the Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) within the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE-RAS), as a Director of the IEEE Washington Section, IEEE Region 2 Conference Coordinator, and as a member of the New Standards Committee (NesCOM) of the IEEE Standards Association’s Standards Board. He has won numerous service awards from IEEE (most recently he was voted as the 2008 Volunteer of the Year). 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.

Selected Significant Publications



Guest Researcher
Intelligent Systems Division
Knowledge Systems Group

Employment History:

Associate Research Scientist (July 2012 - present)

Assistant Research Scientist, Institute for Systems Research, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (Feb. 2010 - June 2012)

R & D Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Jan. 2008 - Feb. 2010)

R & D Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (June 2006 - Dec. 2007) 

Research Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (March 2001 - April 2006)


Ph.D. (Field Robotics), The University of Sydney, Australia (2001)

Master of Engineering (Research) (Systems Engineering), Australian National University, Australia (1997)

Bachelor of Engineering (EEE), College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University, India (1995)


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