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Sethu Vijayakumar

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Adjunct Assistant Professor of Computer Science



Professor Sethu Vijayakumar FRSE holds a Personal Chair in Robotics within the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh and is the Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics. Since 2007, he is the Microsoft/Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow in Learning Robotics. He also holds additional appointments as an Adjunct Faculty of theUniversity of Southern California(USC), Los Angeles, a VisitingResearch Scientist at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Labs, Kyoto-Japan and the RIKEN Brain Science Institute,Tokyo. He has a Ph.D.('98) in Computer Science and Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Prof. Vijayakumarpreviously held the position of the Director of IPAB (2005-2015),Reader (2007-2010) and Lecturer (2003-2007) at the University of Edinburgh, a Research Assistant Professor ('01-'03) at USCand a Staff Scientist ('98-'00) at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute. His research interest spans a broad interdisciplinary curriculum involving basic research in the fields of robotics, statistical machine learning, motor control, planning and optimization in autonomous systems and computational neuroscience. See here for a list of his publications. Sethu is a keen science communicator and in recent years, has been active in conceptualising, producing and presenting several public outreach events to engage with the general public and children on all things science and engineering. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the winner of the 2015 Tam Dalyell Prize for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science. He is the judge on the latest edition of BBC Robot Wars, a hugely popular technology show as well as involved with the launch of the the BBC micro:bit coding initiative.

Research Summary

statistical machine learning, motor control, planning and optimization in autonomous systems, computational neuroscience

  • Computer Science

  • Sethu Vijayakumar has not listed an office location.

Contact Information
  • sethu.vijayakumar@ed.ac.uk


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