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Ashis Banerjee joined the department as an assistant professor in the fall of 2015. Prior to this appointment, he was a research scientist in the
Complex Systems Engineering Laboratory at General Electric Global
Research, and a postdoctoral associate in the Computer Science and
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of
- Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland
- M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland
- B.Tech. in Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
Dr. Banerjee's research focuses on developing automated decision-making methods for cyber-physical systems to achieve optimal and robust performances. Such systems include multiple, heterogeneous entities (humans, robots, parts, machines, etc.), and occur at widely varying spatial and temporal scales from controlled micro-bio environments to assembly workstations, warehouses, and smart vehicles. The methods span many disciplines, but fundamentally involve applied optimization, machine learning, and stochastic modeling. In particular, principles from Bayesian inference, classification and regression analysis, computational topology, deep neural networks, multi-agent coordination, and reinforcement learning are adapted in novel ways to realize unprecedented system-level performances.
Consequently, my research falls into the following three topics based on a combination of the target systems and the employed methods: i) Digital manufacturing: Analyze historical data to identify the key drivers affecting various performance measures such as yield, on-time parts deliveries, process defects, and parts mating gaps; ii) Predictive and prescriptive analytics: Predict the responses of time-varying systems to prescribe optimal resource utilization; and, iii) Autonomous robotics: Develop robust systems where the robots can collaborate with each other and/or humans in challenging environments.
- S. Hwang, A. G. Banerjee, and L. N. Boyle. Predicting Driver's Transition Time to a Secondary Task Given an In-Vehicle Alert. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, In Press.
- J. Liu, S. Hwang, W. Yund, J. D. Neidig, S. M. Hartford, L. N. Boyle, and A. G. Banerjee. A Predictive Analytics Tool to Provide Visibility into Completion of Work Orders in Supply Chain Systems. ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, 20(3): 031003, 2020
- S. Hwang, L. N. Boyle, and A. G. Banerjee. Identifying Characteristics that Impact Motor Carrier Safety Using Bayesian Networks, Accident Analysis & Prevention, 128: 40-45, 2019.
- V. Tereshchuk, J. Stewart, N. Bykov, S. Pedigo, S. Devasia, and A. G. Banerjee. An Efficient Scheduling Algorithm for Multi-Robot Task Allocation in Assembling Aircraft Structures. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 4(4): 3844-3851, 2019.
- B. Parsa, E. U. Samani, R. Hendrix, C. Devine, S. M. Singh, S. Devasia, and A. G. Banerjee. Toward Ergonomic Risk Prediction via Segmentation of Indoor Object Manipulation Actions Using Spatiotemporal Convolutional Networks. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 4(4): 3153-3160, 2019.
- N. Rahimi, J. Liu, A. Shishkarev, I. Buzytsky, and A. G. Banerjee. Auction Bidding Methods for Multiagent Consensus Optimization in Supply-Demand Networks. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 3(4): 4415-4422, 2018.
- J. Liu, L. N. Boyle, and A. G. Banerjee. Predicting Interstate Motor Carrier Crash Rate Level using Classification Models. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 120: 211-218, 2018.
- A. G. Banerjee, K. Rajasekaran, and B. Parsa. A Step Toward Learning to Control Tens of Optically Actuated Microrobots in Three Dimensions. In Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, Munich, Germany, 1460-1465, 2018.
- W. Guo, K. Manohar, S. L. Brunton, and A. G. Banerjee. Sparse-TDA: Sparse Realization of Topological Data Analysis for Multi-Way Classification. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 30(7): 1403-1408, 2018.
- K. Rajasekaran, E. Samani, M. Bollavaram, J. Stewart, and A. G. Banerjee. An Accurate Perception Method for Low Contrast Bright Field Microscopy in Heterogeneous Microenvironments. Applied Sciences, 7(12): 1327, 2017.
- W. Guo and A. G. Banerjee . Identification of Key Features Using Topological Data Analysis for Accurate Prediction of Manufacturing System Outputs. Journal of Manufacturing Systems, 43(2): 225-234, 2017.
- A. G. Banerjee , S. Chowdhury, and S. K. Gupta. Optical Tweezers: Autonomous Robots for the Manipulation of Biological Cells. IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, 21(3): 81-88, 2014.
- J. C. Ryan, A. G. Banerjee , M. L. Cummings, and N. Roy. Comparing the Performance of Expert User Heuristics and an Integer Linear Program in Aircraft Carrier Deck Operations. IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, 44(6): 761-773, 2014.
- A. G. Banerjee , S. Chowdhury, W. Losert, and S. K. Gupta. Real-Time Path Planning for Coordinated Transport of Multiple Particles using Optical Tweezers. IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, 9(4): 669-678, 2012.
Honors & awards
- Amazon Research Award, 2019
- Best QSR Paper Award Finalist, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, 2019
- Big-on-Small Award Nominee, International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales, 2019
- Top Engineer of the Year, International Association of Top Professionals, 2018
- Most Cited Paper Award, Computer-Aided Design Journal, 2012
- Best Dissertation Award, University of Maryland Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2009
- George Harhalakis Outstanding Systems Engineering Graduate Student Award, University of Maryland Institute for Systems Research, 2009
Prof. Banerjee receives Amazon Science Hub award
the UW Advisory Group and Amazon have awarded research funding to Associate Professor Ashis Banerjee in the field of robotics and AI innovation.
What has ISE brought for automation in many fields?
Our very own Dr. Ashis Banerjee, Associate Professor at UW ISE, was featured in an article from The National Digest, written by Contributing Reporter Moumita Basuroychowdhury, on November 22. Ashis was interviewed on the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the wide-ranging significance that resulting predictive models and automation can bring across many applications - from supply chain systems to manufacturing, and all the way to self-driving cars. Read more to learn about his research and the influence of ISE!
UW and Amazon announce creation of the Science Hub
The collaboration will focus on advancing innovation in core robotics, and AI technologies and their applications. Professor Ashis Banerjee is part of the joint advisory committee.