Yash Mulgaonkar

TOPIC:First Step Towards Drones
DISCIPLINE: Mechanical Engineering Electical And Electronics Engineerings-Electronics Computer Science-Information Systems
DATE:Aug. 21, 2016, 8:30 p.m.


What is 0.5m in size, weighs about 0.5 kg; Rancho flies it and everybody wants it. Talk about double flips, dancing around obstacles or just taking over the world, drones are everywhere. Every few weeks, there’s a new one showing drones swarming, mapping, surveilling, building, and generally wowing us with ever greater powers. And we bring you the action live from University of Pennsylvania, from formation flying to simply playing ping-pong in the air.

During his research at the GRASP Lab, Yash Mulgaonkar and his colleagues have created autonomous aerial robots capable of flying aggressive maneuvers and even undertaking complex tasks that are difficult for humans to perform. His latest breakthroughs: The Dragonfly and the Picobug - inspired by insects like honeybees and beetles are small, fully autonomous robots weighing less than 30g that are robust to collisions with the environment and can easily navigate through confined spaces like pipes and air ducts.
The Falcon robots he's developed for the FLA program carry sophisticated sensor payloads and powerful on-board computers that can perceive an unknown environment and build real-time maps to give the user a full 3D situational awareness for use in first response and search and rescue operations.


Yash Mulgaonkar is a research scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, currently pursuing his PhD on Multi-Robot Systems, under the famous Vijay Kumar of GRASP Labs, Upenn. Early in his career, Mulgaonkar developed the world’s smallest autonomous drone. He’s since been focused on how to make drones and other robots accessible to everyone by developing rapid fabrication methods for them. His research is also focused on training robots to work together so they can accomplish tasks more efficiently. He has also been listed in '2016 Forbes 30under30 list for Science'.

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