Ankur Mehta, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award, the agency’s highest honor for faculty members at the start of their research and teaching careers.

The grant will support the development of on-demand creation of custom robots through tools that someone without a technical background can use. In addition, the research will include exploring new algorithms for users to control these robots individually and in swarms. The grant will support his research that aims to democratize robotics — making robots available to everyone, everywhere. Mehta aims to ultimately make robots as pervasive as computers are today.

Mehta currently directs the Laboratory for Embedded Machines and Ubiquitous Robots. His work focuses on printable robotics, rapid design and fabrication, controls algorithms and wireless sensor networks.

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