Sivakumar Rathinam

Associate Professor

Sivakumar Rathinam

Office: MEOB 506
Phone: 979.458.3578
Fax: 979.845.3081

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Research Interests

Dr. Rathinam's research focuses on motion planning and control of autonomous vehicles, collaborative decision making, combinatorial optimization, vision based control and air traffic control.


  • Ph.D. Civil Systems Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2007
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2006
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A & M University, College Station, 2001
  • B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 1999

Selected Publications

S.G. Manyam, S. Rathinam, D. Casbeer and E. Garcia, "Tightly Bounding the Shortest Dubins Paths Through a Sequence of Points", Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, 2017.

S. Rathinam and P. Khargonekar, "An Approximation Algorithm for a Shortest Dubins Path Problem", ASME 2016 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference.

J. Bae and S. Rathinam, "A primal-dual approximation algorithm for a two depot heterogeneous traveling salesman problem", Optimization Letters, 2016.

S.G. Manyam and S. Rathinam, "On Tightly Bounding the Dubins Traveling Salesman's Optimum", arXiv preprint arXiv:1506.08752, Presented at the 2015 International Symposium on Mathematical Programming.

K. Sundar and S. Rathinam, "Algorithms for Routing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in the Presence of Refueling Depots", IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, 2014.