Dan Popa

Professor, Vogt Endowed Chair of Advanced Manufacturing


Dan Popa is the Vogt Endowed Chair on Advanced Manufacturing in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Louisville, and head of the Next Generation Systems (NGS) research group. He received a BA in Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science and a MS in Engineering, both from Dartmouth College where he was a Montgomery Scholar from 1990 to 1994. He received a PhD in Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1998, focusing on control and motion planning for nonholonomic systems and robots. He then joined the Center for Automation Technologies at RPI, where was Research Scientist until 2004, working on over 20 industry-sponsored projects. Between 2005 and 2015, he was a faculty member in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington, an affiliated faculty member of UT Arlington's Research Institute (UTARI), and was a founding member of the Texas Microfactory initiative. Dan Popa brings to U of L a broad experience base, including the simulation, control, and packaging of microsystems, the design of precision robotic assembly systems, and in control and adaptation aspects of human-robot interaction. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Univ. of Texas Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, and is a member of IEEE and ASME and the author of over 100 refereed publications. He is an active member in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Conference Activities Board, the IEEE Committee on Micro-Nano Robotics and the ASME Committee on Micro-Nano Systems (MNS).

Academic Experience

Signals and Systems, Control and Robotics, Microsystems

Research Experience

Precision and micro robotics and motion control, Micro/nano assembly and manipulation, Physical human-robot interaction, Social Robotics, Mobile Robot Path Planning

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