We work in robotics and are primarily active in motion planning, where the focus is on efficiently computing feasible, safe, accurate and effective motions for physically-grounded agents. Such agents may correspond to robotic manipulators or mobile robots, as well as simulated agents in virtual worlds, where the objective is to achieve physical realism. We are particularly interested in multi-agent and interactive challenges, where many autonomous agents operate in the same environment or they have to coexist and coordinate with people.
Our research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), as well as by internal funds from Rutgers University and previously the University of Nevada, Reno.
PRACSYS stands for "Physics-aware Research for Autonomous Computational SYStems" and is pronounced like the Greek word for "action" (πρᾱξις). In Ancient Greek the word praxis (πρᾶξις) referred to activity engaged in by free men. Aristotle held that there were three basic activities of man that corresponded to three types of knowledge: theoria (theoretical), poiesis (poetic), and praxis (practical), to which the end goal was action.
The lab is affiliated with the following centers:
- Rutgers Center for Computational Biomedicine, Imaging, and Modeling (CBIM)
- Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS)
- Perceptual Science and Technology group
- DHS Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA)
- Rutgers Center for Dynamic Data Analytics (CDDA)
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