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Satyandra K Gupta

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Smith International Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department

Education

  • 1994, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland
  • 1989, Masters, Production Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology
  • 1988, Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

Biography


Dr. Satyandra K. Gupta is Smith International Professor in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department and the Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the University of Southern California, he was a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland. He was the founding director of the Maryland Robotics Center and the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at the University of Maryland. He also served as a Program Director for the National Robotics Initiative at the National Science Foundation from September 2012 to September 2014. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, he was a Research Scientist in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Gupta received a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Roorkee (currently known as the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee) in 1988. He received a Gold Medal for securing the first rank in his B.E. class (1988) and a Gold Medal for the best Engineering Design Project (1988). He received a Master of Technology (M. Tech.) in Production Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1989. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1994. During his Ph.D. study, he was awarded a Graduate School Fellowship and an Institute for Systems Research Graduate Fellowship. For his highly inter-disciplinary Ph.D. research, he received Institute for Systems Research’s George Harhalakis Outstanding Systems Engineering Graduate Student Award (1994).

Dr. Gupta has authored or co-authored more than three hundred articles in journals, conference proceedings, and book chapters. He has also delivered more than hundred invited tutorials, seminars, and keynote lectures at conferences, workshops, government labs, and universities. He holds a US Patent titled Apparatus and Method for Multi-Purpose Setup Planning for Sheet Metal Bending Operations.

He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has served as the Chair of the Design for Manufacturing Technical Committee in the Design Division of ASME. He has organized several conference sessions in the area of computer-aided design, manufacturing automation, and robotics. He has served as Exhibit Chair in 2000 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference, Program Chair in 2002 ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference, and Conference Chair in 2003 ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference. He has served as a member on the Editorial Advisory Board for Assembly Automation and Computer Aided Design and Applications journals. He has also served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, and SME Journal of Manufacturing Processes. He has also served on the Program Committees for Geometric Modeling and Processing Conference, Computer Aided Design Conference, Product Lifecycle Management Conference, CAD and Graphics Conference, Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines (CLAWAR), IEEE International Symposium on Assembly and Manufacturing, IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, and ACM Solid and Physical Modeling Conference.

Dr. Gupta has received several honors and awards for his research contributions. Representative examples include: a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research in 2000, a Robert W. Galvin Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2001, a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2001, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2001, Invention of the Year Award in Physical Science category at the University of Maryland in 2007, Kos Ishii-Toshiba Award from ASME Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Committee in 2011, and Excellence in Research Award from ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Division in 2013. He has also received six best paper awards at conferences and 2012 Most Cited Paper Award from Computer Aided Design Journal. He received Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in 2014.

Research Summary


Prof. Gupta is interested in manufacturing automation and robotics. His current research has two major themes. The first theme is focused on making fundamental advances in the robotics area to enable deployment of robots on non-repetitive tasks in manufacturing. His group is developing a hybrid assembly cell where humans and robots can safely and efficiently collaborate to perform mechanical assembly tasks. This new assembly method is enabled by new real time planning and perception algorithms developed by his group. It enables leveraging complementary strengths of humans and robots in assembly tasks. His group is also making advances in a new manufacturing process called in-mold assembly by integrating customized robots inside the mold to eliminate post-molding assembly operations. Material is assembled in the liquid form during the in-mold assembly process, and hence articulated multifunctional structures that would have been otherwise impossible to realize can be made using this new process.

The second theme of Prof. Gupta’s research is focused on exploiting advances in manufacturing processes to design and manufacture novel robots. His group has utilized in-mold assembly and additive manufacturing processes to realize robotic birds. The use of new manufacturing processes enabled his group to significantly reduce the weight of the structural components and realize a platform called Robo Raven, which uses independent wing control to perform aerobatics and is able to harvest solar energy using multi-functional wings. His group has also investigated how to use 3D printing to realize a robot that uses limbless locomotion. The current version of robot is able to achieve high speed by utilizing exaggerated rectilinear gait enabled by a novel 3D printed parallel mechanism.

Awards


  • 1988 University of Roorkee Gold Medal for First Rank in Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
  • 1988 University of Roorkee Gold Medal for the Best Engineering Design Project
  • 1988 Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Park, First Prize, Roorkee Chapter Project Competition
  • 1994 ASME Computers in Engineering Conference Best Paper Award in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Feature-Based Design and Manufacturing
  • 1994 Institute for Systems Research Outstanding Systems Engineering Graduate Student Award
  • 1999 ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference Best Paper Award
  • 2000 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
  • 2001 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
  • 2001 CAREER Award National Science Foundation
  • 2001 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Robert W. Galvin Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award
  • 2001 Institute for Systems Research Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award
  • 2001 Literati Club Highly Commended Award
  • 2002 National Academy of Engineering Selected to Attend Frontiers in Engineering Symposium
  • 2003 University of Maryland Business Plan Competition
  • 2006 ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Conference Best Paper Award
  • 2006 Science Spectrum Magazine Trailblazer Award
  • 2007 University of Maryland Invention of the Year Award in Physical Science Category
  • 2007 University of Maryland Finalist, Invention of the Year Award in Information Science Category
  • 2007 Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 2009 Bioinspiration & Biomimetics Highlights
  • 2010 ASME Mechanism and Robotics Conference Compliant Mechanism Application Award
  • 2011 American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Committee Kos Ishii-Toshiba Award
  • 2012 ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Conference Best Paper Award
  • 2012 International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines Finalist for Best Paper
  • 2012 Computer Aided Design Journal Most Cited Paper Award
  • 2013 ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Division's Excellence in Research Award
  • 2013 ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Conference Computer Aided Product and Process Development Technical Committee's Prakash Krishnaswami Best Paper Award
  • 2014 Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee Distinguished Alumnus Award
Departments
  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Office
  • OHE 430G
  • Olin Hall of Engineering
  • 3650 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089

Phone
  • (213) 740-0491

Email
  • guptask@usc.edu


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