Welcome to the PRACSYS lab headed by Dr. Kostas Bekris. We are members of the Computer Science department at Rutgers University. We work in robotics and especially in motion planning, where the focus is on efficiently computing safe and effective motions for robots and physically-simulated agents. We are also 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.
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)
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.
Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the PRACSYS group and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.