Robert Ghrist
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SEAS/Electrical and Systems Engineering & Mathematics

Research Interests:

  • Topology
  • Robotics
  • Sensor networks

Research Overview: Rob's work focuses on those methods in applied mathematics and engineering which are global or topological in nature. Such methods have the feature of being very robust topological results are tolerant of the inherent in systems and are therefore both elegant and effective in engineering. Specific application foci include sensor and communication networks, multi-agent robotics, and dynamical systems.

Robert Ghrist's Recent Publications

Cornell University, Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics ('95)
Cornell University, M.S. in Applied Mathematics ('94)
University of Toledo, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering ('91)

Honors and Awards:
Chauvenet Prize for mathematical writing (MAA) 2013 - James Larson Distinguished Alumnus Award (University of Toledo, honors) 2012 - Good Teaching Award (University of Pennsylvania, Math) 2011,12 - S. Reid Warren Jr. teaching award (University of Pennsylvania, SEAS) 2009 - Andrea Mitchell PIK University Professorship (University of Pennsylvania) 2008 - Scientific American “Top 50” for research (with V. de Silva) 2007 - Richard & Margaret Romano Professional Scholar (University of Illinois) 2007 - University Scholar (University of Illinois) 2004 - PECASE: Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers 2004 - NSF CAREER Award 2002