The study of dynamics plays a crucial role in the development of powerful, precise, and safe robotic systems. Shivesh Kumar, who has been working as a scientist at the DFKI Robotics Innovation Center since 2015, has been successfully researching the dynamic behavior of robots for many years. In October 2023, he assumed his new position as Assistant Professor in Dynamics and Control in the Dynamics Division of the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
In his new role, Shivesh Kumar will advance research in the field of dynamics and control in close collaboration with universities and industry. Moreover, it is his responsibility to contribute to the design and development of courses as well as to acquire innovative projects in collaboration with industry and research partners. In addition to his assistant professorship, Shivesh Kumar will continue his part-time involvement at the Robotics Innovation Center, primarily in an advisory capacity. Here, he led the "Mechanics and Control" team from April 2019 to October 2023 and founded the Underactuated Robotics Lab, which he led until October 2023. During this period, he actively contributed to the acquisition and successful execution of numerous research projects (for example, Recupera-Reha, D-RoCK, ILAADR, Q-RoCK, VeryHuman, M-RoCK etc.). Due to his excellent research contributions and outstanding commitment to serve the scientific community, he was appointed as an Associate Co-Chair of the IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Model Based Optimization for Robotics in 2022.
Shivesh Kumar earned his doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in 2019 from the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Bremen, receiving the distinction summa cum laude. He obtained his master's degree in Control Engineering, Robotics, and Applied Informatics with a focus on advanced robotics from Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France, in 2015, as an Erasmus Mundus HERITAGE scholar. Prior to that, he completed his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India, in 2013.
Shivesh Kumar's research focuses on kinematics, dynamics, and control of robots with the aim of developing animal like athletic intelligence. In September 2017 and June 2019, he was a visiting researcher with Prof. Andreas Mueller at the Institute of Robotics at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. He also spent a short research stay with Dr. Abhinandan Jain at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in September 2019. He was recognized as a finalist for the Best Entertainment and Amusement Paper Award at the IROS 2022 conference and won the second prize for the Best Oral Presentation at the Advances in Robotics 2017 conference.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Shivesh Kumar