Dr. Ferat Sahin received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In September 2000, he joined Rochester Institute of Technology, where he is a Professor. He is also the director of Multi Agent Bio-Robotics Laboratory at RIT. His current research interests are System of Systems Simulation and Modeling, Swarm Intelligence, Robotics, MEMS Materials Modeling, MEMS-based Microrobots, Micro Actuators, Distributed Computing, Decision Theory, Pattern Recognition, Distributed Multi-agent Systems, and Structural Bayesian Network Learning. In addition to conference and journal publications in these areas, he is also the co-author of two books: “Experimental and Practical Robotics” and “Intelligent Control Systems with an Introduction to System of Systems Engineering” by CRC Press. Dr. Sahin has been a reviewer for leading journals and conferences in both the IEEE and other organizations. He serves as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief for International Journal of Computers and Electrical Engineering and as an Associate Editor for IEEE Systems Journal and AutoSoft Journal. He is a member of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, Robotics and Automation Society, and Computational Intelligence Society.
Locally, Dr. Sahin has served as Secretary (2003) and section Vice-chair (2004 and 2005) in the IEEE Rochester Section. He has also been the Faculty Advisor of IEEE student chapter at Rochester Institute of Technology from 2001 to 2003. He has served as the Student Activities chair for the IEEE SMC Society in 2001, 2002, and 2003. He was the Secretary of the IEEE SMC Society from 2003 to 2006. Dr. Sahin received an “Outstanding Contribution Award” for his service as the SMC Society Secretary. He also served as the Treasurer of the IEEE SMC Society in 2011. He is also a member of the SMC Strategic Opportunities and Initiatives Committee and the SMC Technical Committee on System of Systems Engineering. He was the Publication Co-Chair for the IEEE SMC International Conference on System of Systems Engineering (SOSE 2007),as the Technical Co-chair of the IEEE International Conference on System of Systems Engineering (SOSE 2008 and SOSE 2009), and the general chair of SOSE 2011 conference and is the general co-chair of SoSE2013.
Shitij Kumar received his B.Tech in Information and Communication Technology from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar, India in 2010. He completed his M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2014 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering at RIT. His current research involves human-robot interaction with collaborative industrial robot. His research interests are in BioRobotics/Cybernetics, Image/Video Processing, Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Human Computer Interaction, Assistive Technologies, Robotics and Embedded Hardware Design.
Sulabh Kumra is currently working as a Robotics & Controls Engineer at Xerox Corporation. He received his BTech degree in Electronics and Instrumentation from Institute of Technology and Management, India in 2013, and MS in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, US in 2015. His research focuses on areas related to robotics, controls, and artificial intelligence. His primary research area utilizes combination of robotics and computer vision to develop an intelligent self-learning robotic system which can learn tasks on its own. His research interests are in collaborative robots in industrial automation, machine learning, robotic manipulation and application of deep learning in robotics. Sulabh has published 4 journal papers and 12 conference publications.
Steven Giewont is a 5th year BS/MS Electrical Engineering student at Rochester Institute of Technology. Steven is currently conducting research to alternate locomotion techniques using parallel jointed robots, typically known as Delta robots. Parallel jointed robots have the potential for very dynamic, high-speed motion in a variety of terrains.