Ph.D. Student Amol Khedkar works on automatic steering systems with his professor

UMKC SCE doctoral student, Amol Khedkar, is working with Professor Vijay Kumar on a prototype of a “self-synchronizing moving objects” system that enables cars to share road intersections with no driver input.   Amol is also investigating how to extend the scheme to work in three-dimensional spaces for synchronizing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).   In 2001, Amol completed his master’s degree in computer science at Amravati University, India and started working in the United States in 2006 as a software professional.  As soon as he was financially able, he joined UMKC SCE as a part-time doctoral student.  “The project self synchronization of moving object was my dream project. When Dr. Kumar discussed this project with me, it was like this is what I wanted to do.” Several local media outlets have featured articles on the research Amol Khedkar is contributing toward including the July 19, 2010 Kansas City Star  and the July 21, 2010 Wednesday Sun  .  The project is being conducted under a fellowship program at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y.

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