• Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Industry Advisory Council Faculty Fellow
Sivakumar Rathinam

Educational Background

  • 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 – 2001
  • B.Tech., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras – 1999

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.

Awards & Honors

  • 2021 J. Mike Walker ‘66 Department of Mechanical Engineering IAC Outstanding Faculty Contribution Award
  • 2021 Best Paper Runner-Up Award, International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS)
  • 2021 ASME Fellow
  • 2021, 2020 Senior Summer Faculty Fellowship, Office of Naval Research
  • 2019 IEEE Senior Member
  • 2015 Summer Faculty Fellowship, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • 2015 Best paper award at the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • 2012 Peggy L. and Charles L. Brittan '65 Teaching Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching
  • 2009 Morris Foster Fellowship, Texas A & M University

Selected Publications

  • K. Chour, S. Rathinam, R. Ravi, S*: A Heuristic Information-Based Approximation Framework for Target Path Finding, 31st International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS 2021). Acceptance rate: 29%.
  • S. Rathinam, R. Ravi, J. Bae, K. Sundar, Primal-Dual 2-Approximation Algorithm for the Monotonic Multiple Depot Heterogeneous Traveling Salesman Problem, 17th Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (SWAT 2020). Acceptance rate: 28.8%.
  • M. Liu, K. Chour, S. Rathinam, S. Darbha, Lateral control of an autonomous and connected vehicle with limited preview information, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles, 2020.
  • S. K. K. Hari, S. Rathinam, S. Darbha, K. Kalyanam, S. G. Manyam, D. Casbeer, Optimal UAV route planning for persistent monitoring missions, IEEE Transactions of Robotics, 2020.
  • S.K.K. Hari, A. Nayak, S. Rathinam, An Approximation Algorithm for a Task Allocation, Sequencing and Scheduling Problem involving a Human-Robot Team, IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation Letters, Jan 2020.