Mechanical Engineering (courtesy Computer Science)
Monroe Kennedy III is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, with a courtesy appointment in Computer Science. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and a Masters in Robotics from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a recipient of both the NSF and GEM graduate research fellowships. His area of expertise is in robotics, specifically the development of theoretical and experimental approaches to perform control and estimation for robotic systems, particularly robotic manipulation and human-robot collaborative tasks. He applies expertise in dynamical systems analysis, control theory (classical, non-linear and robust control), state estimation and prediction, motion planning, vision for robotic autonomy, and machine learning.
He is the Director of the Assistive Robotics and Manipulation Lab (ARMLab), which specializes in development of intelligent robotic systems, including robotic assistants, connected devices, and intelligent wearables, that can improve everyday life by anticipating and acting on the needs of human counterparts. Dr. Kennedy recently received an NSF CAREER award to develop soft robotic fingertips for dexterous task performance. In the community, he is a National Director for Black in Robotics, which aims to increase engagement of underrepresented minorities in robotics.
SAGE Project: Development of a Fall Prevention System for Older Adults Utilizing Wearable Sensors for Human Gait and Path Prediction