Stephen Balakirsky

Stephen Balakirsky

Regents' Researcher; Georgia Tech Research Institute
Director of Technical Initiatives; IBB
Chief Scientist | Aerospace, Transportation & Advanced Systems Laboratory (ATAS); GTRI

Dr. Stephen Balakirsky is the Chief Scientist for the Aerospace, Transportation & Advanced Systems Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), and the Director of Technical Initiatives at the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at GT.

Dr. Balakirsky’s research interests include robotic architectures, planning, bio-automation, robotic standards, and autonomous systems testing. His work in knowledge driven robotics couples real-time sensors and knowledge repositories to allow for flexibility and agility in robotic systems ranging from assembly and manufacturing systems to surveillance and logistics systems. The framework promotes software reuse and the ability to detect and correct for execution errors.

Previously, Dr. Balakirsky worked as a project manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and was a senior research engineer at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). At ARL, Dr. Balakirsky performed mobile robotics research in several areas, including command and control, mapping, human-computer interfaces, target tracking, vision processing and tele-operated control.


Office Location:
Food Processing Technology Building, 640 Strong St, Atlanta, GA 30318

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Georgia Institute of Technology

Aerospace, Transportation and Advanced Systems Laboratory
Research Focus Areas:
  • Collaborative Robotics
  • Additional Research:

    Robotics; Planning; Knowledge Representation; Ontologies

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