Pratap Tokekar

Assistant Professor
ECE · RAAS Lab · Virginia Tech

Whittemore Hall 627
Whittemore Hall 621

I am an Assistant Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech.

I work in robotics, with a focus on algorithms that enable mobile robots to actively sense and gather data in environments. I also work on developing systems for applications to environmental monitoring. See more about my research here and at my lab's website.

Between October 2014 and July 2015, I was a Post-doctoral researcher at the GRASP lab at University of Pennsylvania, working with Prof. Vijay Kumar.

I completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in September 2014. My Ph.D. adviser was Prof. Volkan Isler and I was a part of the Robotic Sensor Networks lab. My Ph.D. dissertation was on Placement and Motion Planning Algorithms for Robotic Sensing Systems.

I obtained my Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from College of Engineering, Pune, India. At COEP, I was part of the Robot Study Circle lab.

recent news

Jan '17
Two new papers accepted at ICRA '17.
Oct '16
I am teaching a new course on robot motion planning in Spring. Details here.
Aug '16
New NSF NRI project on coordination of aerial robots and robotic boats funded.
July '16
Our precision agriculture paper accepted at IEEE Transactions on Robotics.
June '16
Our triangle guarding paper accepted at Computational Geometry: Theory and Applications journal.
Mar '16
New NSF CRII project on coordination of multi-robot sensor teams funded.
Feb '16
Guest editor for two special issues: Active Perception for Autonomous Robots, and Agricultural Robotics for Journal of Field Robotics. Consider submitting!

upcoming talks/travel

May 29 - Jun 03
ICRA 2017 in Singapore
May 09 - May 10
ARC Program Review at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Feb 27 - Mar 01
Speaking at the UAS in Public Safety, Emergency, and Disaster Response - Conference organized by VA Dept. of Emergency Management
Feb 07 - 09
C-UAS IAB Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia
Feb 07
Talk at IRIM, Georgia Tech
Feb 03
Talk at University of Virginia, Dept. of Systems and Information Engineering




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