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Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas

PhD, MEAM '17 - Technical Lead, Exyn Technologies

Justin received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at LeTourneau University in 2011 before entering the PhD program at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently works in GRASP Lab under the guidance of Professor Vijay Kumar, during which he has received an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, earned an honorable mention for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and was the Technical Advisor for the winning team in the 2012-2013 Y-Prize Competition. He has also served as a former president of MEGA, the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Asociation. Justin’s research interests are focused on micro aerial vehicles and their extensions to dynamic grasping and vision-based control.

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Publications

Analysis of ground effect for small-scale uavs in forward flight

Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Autonomous Flight for Detection, Localization, and Tracking of Moving Targets With a Small Quadrotor

Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Aggressive flight with quadrotors for perching on inclined surfaces

Publisher Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics

Safe navigation of quadrotor teams to labeled goals in limited workspaces

Publisher International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (ISER)

The role of vision in perching and grasping for MAVs

Publisher International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)

Versatile aerial grasping using self-sealing suction

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

Cooperative localization and mapping of MAVs using RGB-D sensors

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

Planning and control of aggressive maneuvers for perching on inclined and vertical surfaces

Publisher ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering (IDETC/CIE)

Visual servoing of quadrotors for perching by hanging from cylindrical objects

Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Vijay Kumar

Nemirovsky Family Dean, SEAS


Justin Thomas