Sertac Karaman

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT

Sertac Karaman

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT

Biography

Sertac Karaman is the Class of ’48 Career Development Chair Associate Professor of
Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is
also a co-founder and the President of Optimus Ride, an MIT spinoff that is building new
transportation systems based on novel self-driving vehicle technologies. At MIT, Sertac
is a member of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems as well as the
Institue of Data, Systems and Society. He is the director of the Foundations of
Autonomous Systems Technology Group at MIT. He has obtained an S.M. degree in
Mechanical Engineering in 2009 and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science in 2012, both from MIT. His research interests lie in the broad area of
embedded systems and mobile robotics. His recent research has focussed on
developing planning and control algorithms for autonomous vehicles and autonomyenabled
transportation systems. More broadly, he has worked on driverless cars,
unmanned aerial vehicles, distributed aerial surveillance systems, air traffic control
algorithms, certification and verification of control systems software, and many others.
In particular, he was on MIT’s team that built a self-driving car and competed in the
DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007. His experience with robotic platforms also includes
developing an autonomous forklift, working with Willow Garage’s personal robot PR2,
and developing fully-autonomous agile drones. He has published more than a hundred
technical articles. He is the recipient of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early
Career Award in 2017, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2017,
Army Research Office Young Investigator Award in 2015, National Science Foundation
(NSF) Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2014, American Association of
Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Wright Brothers Graduate Award in 2012, and an
Nvidia Graduate Fellowship in 2011.

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