Raj Madhavan is an internationally recognized expert in humanitarian robotics and automation technologies. His current research interests lie in the application and tailoring of existing and emerging technologies that are cost effective, reliable, efficient and geared towards improving the quality of lives of people in underserved and underdeveloped communities around the globe. He is currently a Visiting Associate Research Scientist with the Maryland Robotics Center within the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Founder & CEO of Humanitarian Robotics Technologies, LLC, focusing on applied technology consulting, training, and research. Previously has held appointments as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Robotics at Amrita University, Kerala, India, as an R&D staff member with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and as a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. 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 22 years, he has contributed to various topics in field robotics, humanitarian technologies, and systems and control theory. He has published over 200 papers in archival journals, conferences, and magazines and has coedited two books “Intelligent Vehicle Systems: A 4D/RCS Approach” and “Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking of Intelligent Systems” and four journal special issues. He has given numerous invited keynotes and presentations at several conferences, and research and educational institutions around the world, has served as an invited independent judge for robotics competitions and on editorial boards and program and organization committees of premier robotics, automation, and control conferences including several national, international panels and review boards.
Dr. Madhavan has been active in various leadership roles with the IEEE and its Robotics and Automation Society. Within IEEE, he is currently a voting member of the IEEE-USA Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Policy Committee, a Steering Committee Member of the Future Directions Initiative on Symbiotic Autonomous Systems and an ExCom member of the Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. 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, TCPEBRAS (2009-2011), Founding Co-chair of the Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (2014-), Vice President of the Industrial Activities Board (2012-2015), Chair of the Standing Committee for Standards Activities (2010-2015), Chair of the Robotics and Automation Research and Practice Ethics Committee (2017-), and Founding Chair of the Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (2012-). He is a senior member of IEEE, a 2008 Volunteer of the Year awardee of the IEEE Washington Section, was recognized for his services to RAS as VP of the Industrial Activities in 2014 & 2016, and 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”.