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Gupta, S.K.

Smith International Professor
Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing
Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California
Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Affiliate, Institute for Systems Research
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Research Interests 

Automation problems arising in computer aided design, manufacturing automation, and robotics. Current focus is on automated planning for human-robot collaborations in assembly tasks, autonomous unmanned vehicles, bio-inspired robots, and automated optical micro-manipulation.

Background 

Dr. Satyandra K. Gupta is currently the Smith International Professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.

For many years he was a joint faculty member of the University of Maryland's Department of Mechancal Engineering and Institute for Systems Research. He was the founding  director of the Maryland Robotics Center. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, he was a Research Scientist in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Gupta received a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Roorkee (presently known as the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee) in 1988. He received a Gold Medal for securing the first rank in his B.E. class (1988) and a Gold Medal for the best Engineering Design Project (1988). He received a Master of Technology (M. Tech.) in Production Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1989. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1994. During his Ph.D. study, he was awarded a Graduate School Fellowship and an Institute for Systems Research Graduate Fellowship. For his highly inter-disciplinary Ph.D. research, he received Institute for Systems Research’s George Harhalakis Outstanding Systems Engineering Graduate Student Award (1994).

Dr. Gupta's current research interests are in the areas of Computer Aided Design, Manufacturing Automation, and Robotics. He is mainly interested in the following three computational problems arising in these areas: (1) shape analysis and feature extraction, (2) shape generation and synthesis, and (3) model simplification.  In past, he has worked on feature recognition, process planning, manufacturability analysis, shape Similarity assessment, path planning, assembly modeling, tooling design, reverse engineering, and accessibility analysis problems. He has experience in many different manufacturing domains including mechanical assembly, nano-manipulation, machining, micro fabrication, injection molding, multi-material molding, sheet metal bending, and solid freeform fabrication. He has authored or co-authored more than two hundred fifty articles in journals, conference proceedings, and book chapters. He has also delivered more than seventy five invited tutorials, seminars, and keynote lectures at conferences, workshops, government labs, and universities. He holds a US Patent titled Apparatus and Method for Multi-Purpose Setup Planning for Sheet Metal Bending Operations.

Dr. Gupta is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). He has served as the Chair of the Design for Manufacturing Technical Committee in the Design Division of ASME. He has organized several conference sessions in the area of computer-aided design and manufacturing. He has served as Program Co-Chair in 1998 ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference, Papers Chair in 1999 ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference, Exhibit Chair in 2000 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Program Chair in 2002 ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference, and Conference Chair in 2003 ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference. He has served as a member on the Editorial Advisory Board for Assembly Automation and Computer Aided Design and Applications journals. He has also served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, the ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, and SME Journal of Manufacturing Processes. He has also served on the Program Committees for Geometric Modeling and Processing Conference, Computer Aided Design Conference, Product Lifecycle Management Conference, CAD and Graphics Conference, IEEE International Symposium on Assembly and Manufacturing, IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, and ACM Solid and Physical Modeling Conference.

Dr. Gupta has won many honors and awards for his research accomplishments. He has received five best paper awards, a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research in 2000, a Robert W. Galvin Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2001, a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2001, the Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award from the Institute for Systems Research in 2001, and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2001. He was a member of the team that won 2007 Invention of the Year Award in Physical Science category. He also holds a US Patent titled Apparatus and Method for Multi-Purpose Setup Planning for Sheet Metal Bending Operations.