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Gupta, S.K.

Smith International Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science
Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing
Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1453
(213) 740-0491

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.



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.

Honors and Awards 

American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2007

Young faculty awards
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2001
NSF CAREER Award, "Automated Design of Multi-Piece Molds -- A Step towards Manufacturing of Geometrically Complex Heterogeneous Objects", 2001
Office of Naval Research Young Investigators Award, 2000
Society of Manufacturing Engineers' Robert W. Galvin Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, 2000

Other awards
ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Division's Excellence in Research Award (2013)
Best Paper Award (compliant mechanism category), 34th ASME Mechanism and Robotics Conference, 2010
Literati Club's Highly Commended Award for "Intelligent Assembly Modeling and Simulation," published in Assembly Automation, 2002
Best Paper Award for “Manufacturability Analysis for Solid Freeform Fabrication,” 1999

University of Maryland awards
Invention of the Year (Physical Science) for a minimally invasive neurosurgical intracranial robot, 2008
ISR Outstanding Faculty Award, 2001
George Harhalakis Outstanding ISR Graduate Student Award, 1994

Related News 

Feathers Not Included
Ph.D. student Lena Johnson is working on Robo Raven, a bird-inspired unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). September 17, 2018

S.K. Gupta leads finalist group in KUKA Innovation competition
"Advanced Robotic Finishing" team at USC will demonstrate their results at the international Hannover Messe trade show. December 16, 2016

Bergbreiter named director of Maryland Robotics Center
Microrobotics expert brings both research expertise and leadership accomplishments to position. December 23, 2015

Visionary choreographer Huang Yi performs at Maryland, visits Robot Realization Lab
Yi programs a KUKA industrial robot to dance with humans in his work. September 30, 2015

Robotics Realization Laboratory opens
Multi-user facility will help researchers build, test robots. September 28, 2015

Building a smarter industrial robot
RoboSAM can assess its situation and call a human for help before making a mess. September 8, 2015

Gupta is PI for NSF NRI unmanned surface vehicle grant
The research will make advances in risk-informed decision making so that teams of USVs and human supervisors can work cooperatively on a wide variety of missions. September 1, 2015

S.K. Gupta wins NSF grant for human robot collaboration in manufacturing
Research will enable proactive management of contingencies arising during human-robot collaboration in hybrid work cells in small production volume manufacturing operations. September 1, 2015

Alum Ashis Banerjee joining University of Washington faculty
The 2009 ME Ph.D. was advised by S.K. Gupta. July 6, 2015

Alum Sagar Chowdhury wins ASME CIE Best Dissertation Award
“Planning for Automated Optical Micromanipulation of Biological Cells” describes optical tweezers research. June 2, 2015

ARC Lab holds inaugural open house
Lab conducts research in aunonomy, robotics and cognition. February 9, 2015

UMD President Loh hosts robotics demonstrations at University House
Maryland Robotics Center shows a variety of robotic platforms. November 16, 2014

Students present final projects for 2014 NSF Microrobotics REU
Research ranged from robotic skin to leg designs, inertial tail actuators, and more. August 10, 2014

Bio-inspired robots storm local library
UMD researchers demonstrated robots that can fly, swim, walk, and even climb stairs. July 15, 2014

Greg Krummel wins Outstanding Research Award for Robo Crab
ME senior wins Engineering Honors Program Outstanding Research Award. May 21, 2014

S.K. Gupta interviewed for robotics story in The Economist
Article makes the case that the advent of robotics is here. April 7, 2014

Robo Raven appears on 60 Minutes
Segment explores the domestic use of micro air vehicles. March 19, 2014

Derek Paley wins PECASE Award
ISR/AE faculty member has research interests in dynamics and control. December 23, 2013

Sarah Bergbreiter wins PECASE Award
ISR/ME faculty member specializes in microrobotics. December 23, 2013

Robo Raven highlighted in children's magazine
Les Explorateurs features cartoon depiction of the MAV. November 25, 2013

Exaggerated gait allows limbless R2G2 robot to move quickly in confined spaces, rough terrain
See this robot in action at Maryland Robotics Day, October 25. October 15, 2013

Robo Raven III harnesses solar power
Multifunctional wings will help robotic birds fly longer, farther and more independently. September 30, 2013

Gupta research group wins three awards at ASME IDETC/CIE
Awards include 'Excellence in Research,' best paper and best dissertation. August 9, 2013

New Robo Raven video highlights aerobatic moves
Two Robo Raven UAVs demonstrate their versatility and agility in new YouTube video. July 30, 2013

Robo Raven flies live on Fox 5 TV
Research team demonstrates breakthrough MAV technology June 21, 2013

Martins, Gupta, Aloimonos speak at 'Fostering Excellence in Robotics'
Workshop at American Control Conference introduced high school students to robotics. June 20, 2013

Luke Roberts awarded NSF Graduate Fellowship
Ph.D. student is part of the Robo Raven project. June 14, 2013

Sagar Chowdhury wins ISR graduate student award
Chowdhury’s research focuses on optical tweezers. May 9, 2013

Pioneering flight of ‘Robo Raven’ is major breakthrough for micro air vehicles
Robotic bird's independently controllable wings makes more realistic flight maneuvers possible. April 30, 2013

Nacev, Chowdhury place in 2013 Dean's Doctoral Student Research Award competition
Students are advised by Ben Shapiro, S.K. Gupta. April 28, 2013

NIH awards $2M grant to Desai, Gullapalli and Simard for surgical robot
MINIR project could improve outcomes for brain cancer patients. October 16, 2012

Raghavan, Spyropoulos, Daily, Copeland win ISR awards
Outstanding awards presented at special reception in September. September 14, 2012

Faculty Members Take On New Responsibilities
Flatau, Martins, Kofinas to serve Clark School in new roles; Gupta to lead NSF initiative. September 6, 2012

Ray-tracing paper wins 'Best of Conference' at 2012 IDETC/CIE
Work by Bista, Chowdhury, Gupta and Varshney introduces application to calculate laser beam forces in optical tweezers system. August 27, 2012

Miniature Robotics REU students give final presentations
Ten undergrads from around the country give talks on their summer projects. August 10, 2012

'Open-source' robot offers new opportunities for education
Maryland Robotics Center offers free design elements to build crocodile robot. August 9, 2012

Paper on stair-climbing robot wins award at CLAWAR 2012
Paper by Brewer, Kaipa and Gupta wins runner-up award for best paper. July 27, 2012

ISR welcomes 10 REU microbotics students for the summer
Students will develop interdisciplinary research projects in 10-week program. June 4, 2012

Maryland Robotics Center featured on live TV broadcast
Robots from five research groups help promote Maryland Day activities. April 30, 2012

YouTube channel highlights Maryland Robotics Center research
More than 50 videos available to view. March 13, 2012

Gupta, Thakur, Banerjee win Elsevier Most Cited Paper Award
Award presented for their article on CAD model simplification techniques in the journal Computer-Aided Design. January 24, 2012

Robotics featured in Sept. 30 issue of The Diamondback
Maryland Robotics Center faculty are interviewed. September 30, 2011

S.K. Gupta wins Kos Ishii-Toshiba Award
ASME award recognizes optimization and modeling contributions to product development. August 31, 2011

New REU site to offer research opportunities in miniature robotics
Sarah Bergbreiter is principal investigator for NSF program. June 15, 2011

Article by Gupta and students named a 'most-cited paper' by Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
“A survey of snake-inspired robot designs” is one of 10 'most-cited' papers in the journal over the past two years. June 6, 2011

Arvind Balijepalli receives National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship
Research will combine work at NIST, NIH. April 20, 2011

Alex Weissman receives NIST ARRA Fellowship
Ph.D. student will work in sustainable manufacturing. April 20, 2011

Maryland students impress at National Robotics Week
Projects highlight Maryland Robotics Center research. April 18, 2011

Alum Kiran Hebbar promoted at Valhalla Partners
Earned M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1996. April 8, 2011

Intelligent Automation, Inc. to sponsor colloquia series
IAI president and ISR alumnus Vikram Manikonda announces generous support. January 11, 2011

ISR's busy November: NSF site visit, 25th anniversary dinner, SAC meeting
The Institute for Systems Research held three major events from Nov. 17–19. December 14, 2010

2010 Maryland Robotics Day draws large crowd
Government officials, industry representatives, prospective students attend Maryland Robotics Day. September 11, 2010

Gupta, Bruck, Bejgerowski, Gerdes, Wilkerson win ASME Best Paper Award
Research on MAV flapping-wing drive mechanism is cited at Mechanism and Robotics Conference. August 25, 2010

ISR announces creation of Maryland Robotics Center
Center will advance the university's research in robotic systems, underlying component technologies, and applications of robotics. August 10, 2010

S.K. Gupta quoted in Science News article
Maryland Robotics Center director comments on biological discovery that could aid in design of soft-bodied robots. August 3, 2010

Six Clark School faculty become affiliates of ISR
ISR welcomes Desai, Humbert, Jacob, Paley, Qu and Smela. April 20, 2010

Article by Gupta, Hopkins and Spranklin selected as a 'Highlight of 2009'
The journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics includes review of snake-inspired robots in its 'best of' collection. March 25, 2010

S.K. Gupta awarded NSF grant for autonomous optical manipulation of cells
Researchers will develop a system that features holographic optical tweezers. September 28, 2009

Fourteen ISR-affiliated students receive Ph.D.s
Congratulations to our ISR-affiliated doctoral graduates! May 22, 2009

Ornithopter, optical microsensor win ISR seed grants
Research by Bergbreiter, Gupta, Ghodssi and Culver to be given one-year funding. May 20, 2009

Ashis Banerjee wins campus-wide research poster competition
Graduate student of S.K. Gupta recognized for optical tweezers research. April 30, 2009

S.K. Gupta’s group pioneers new development in drive mechanisms for ornithopters
Next-generation micro air vehicles feature folding-wing technology. November 4, 2008

S.K. Gupta receives NSF grant for nanoassembly research
Research will aid the development of automated real-time planning algorithms. September 18, 2008

S.K. Gupta is co-author of book on training in virtual environments
Content covers displays, tracking systems, and user interaction devices. July 31, 2008

REU students spending summer in research
The 12 undergraduate students are participating in NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. June 3, 2008

S.K. Gupta Promoted to Full Professor
Faculty member won 2008 "Invention of the Year"; 2001 PECASE Award. May 21, 2008

S.K. Gupta and teammates win 2007 'Invention of the Year' physical science award
Gupta also finalist in information science category; Gary Rubloff finalist in physical science. April 24, 2008

Subrahmanian wins first ISR Faculty Venture Fair
Online opinion technology impresses venture capitalists at ISR Systems Symposium. April 20, 2008

S.K. Gupta elected a Fellow of ASME
ME/ISR faculty member chosen for significant contributions to computer aided design and manufacturing. August 29, 2007

Gupta and Abshire receive MIPS grants
Funding will help develop a radiation sensor and a web-based interface for parts manufacturing. August 1, 2007

S.K. Gupta receives NSF award for context-dependent simplified models
Three-year project will improve interactive virtual assembly. July 31, 2007

S.K. Gupta featured in Mechanical Engineering Magazine story
ISR faculty member talks about the future of integrating computer-aided design with computer-aided manufacturing. February 1, 2007

Gupta, Etienne-Cummings designated as 'Trailblazers'
Pair are among 70 so honored by Science Spectrum magazine. September 14, 2006

Gupta, Peng receive ASME best paper award
Paper selected at Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. September 12, 2006

Abshire, Gupta, Liu receive MIPS grants
Projects include optimization, web interfaces and sensors for commercial products August 16, 2006

Gupta quoted in story on biologically inspired robots
Speaks to recent advances in micro-fabrication June 6, 2006

Twelve REU students welcomed
Summer experience gives undergrads the opportunity to work with ISR researchers June 5, 2006

MIPS contracts for Liu, Gupta
Faculty will develop wireless communication system, auto parts inspection software February 10, 2006

S.K. Gupta speaks at South Korean workshop
Discusses integrated product and process development January 21, 2006

Gupta's Virtual Training Studio profiled by Office of Naval Research
Starlink newsletter looks at technology created to help assembly and repair workers September 5, 2005

University of Maryland ranked No. 1 in nano research and education
Trade publication Small Times cites many factors in ratings May 1, 2005

Gupta, Davis awarded MIPS contracts
Researchers to develop auto parts inspection software and sensor packages for weapons performance monitoring February 2, 2005

Gupta, Ghodssi, Shapiro part of $3 million micro air vehicles MURI
April 2004—ISR faculty will be working on "Micro Hovering Air Vehicles: Revolutionary Concepts and Navigation Advancements" April 11, 2004

Gupta, Shapiro, and Goldsman associated with three MIPS awards
ISR faculty will be working with Automated Precision, Inc., Protiveris and TRX systems February 2, 2004