picture-5About me. I am a faculty member at Cambridge University, holding the position of University Lecturer (Assistant Professor). Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, where I worked with Prof. Vijay Kumar on coordination and control algorithms for multi-robot systems. I completed my PhD at EPFL, Switzerland, under the direction of Prof. Alcherio Martinoli, where I addressed the topic of localization with ultra-wideband sensing for mobile robot networks. My dissertation was awarded the Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) award for the best thesis at EPFL in the fields of Computer Sciences, Automatics and Telecommunications. Further awards include Finalist for Best Multi-Robot Systems Paper at ICRA 2017, Best Paper at BICT 2015, and MIT Rising Stars 2015.

Research. I am particularly interested in methods that enable the autonomous operation of systems composed of multiple robots (distributed robotic systems, robot networks, and, more generally, cyber-physical systems). My work covers (i) algorithms for multi-robot coordination, control, and planning, (ii) abstractions of robot-robot interactions, and (iii) experimentation.

Jobs. I have an opening for a PhD student, see here. I am also accepting summer interns and UROPs. Interested students should contact me directly.

03-2018 – Speaking at the Cambridge Science Festival.
03-2018 – Giving keynote at 5th Oxbridge Women in Computing Conference.
12-2017 – Awarded the Isaac Newton Trust Early Career Grant.
10-2017 – Announcing the Autonomous Robots Special Issue: “Foundations of Resilience for Networked Robotic Systems”.
07-2017 – Joining the faculty of the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge as a Lecturer (Asst. Prof.) this fall.
06-2017 – Three papers accepted at IROS 2017
04-2017 – Our paper on Resilient Formations is a finalist for the Best Multi-Robot Systems Paper Award at ICRA 2017!
03-2017 – Our RSS Workshop on Resilience in Multi-Robot Systems is accepted.
07-2016 – Our work is featured in a Bloomberg shoot.


Contact. Selected Publications.
University of Cambridge
William Gates Building
15 J J Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0FD

asp45 [at] cam.ac.uk

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A. Prorok, V. Kumar; Privacy-Preserving Vehicle Assignment for Mobility-on-Demand Systems, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2017, PDF

A. Prorok, M. A. Hsieh, and V. Kumar; The Impact of Diversity on Optimal Control Policies for Heterogeneous Robot Swarms. IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO), vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 346 – 358, DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2016.2631593. April 2017. PDF

L. Guerrero-Bonilla, A. Prorok, V. Kumar; Formations for Resilient Robot Teams. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (R-AL), vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 841-848, DOI: 10.1109/LRA.2017.2654550. April 2017. PDF