Hi! I’m David Saldaña

Assistant Professor in Computer Science & Engineering
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Latest News

Oct 2, 2019
Ph.D. Positions in Swarm Robotics

Looking for motivated students who are enthusiastic about Geometric Algorithms and Robot Swarms.

Fully funded Ph.D. positions in these fields are open, so please contact me to discuss your application by email (saldana [at] lehigh.edu), mentioning your background and briefly stating your motivation.

Sep 1, 2019
Invited Talks

- DroneExpo: Presenting "Modular Drones for Environmental Monitoring and Smart Cities” at Colombia DroneExpo, Colombia 2019.

- KAUST: Presenting "From Resilient Swarms to Aerial Modular Robots” at KAUST, Saudi Arabia 2019.

- HKUST: Presenting "The Fastest Self-Assembly Structure” at Robotics Institute HKUST, Hong Kong, China 2018.

- CIC2018: Presenting our recent work "Robots that self-assemble in midair, A new way to build bridges?" at Construction Innovation Conference, State College, PA 2018.

Jul 14, 2019
Robotics research

- Our recent work on aerial modular robots was accepted for the Robotics and Automation Letters (RAL): Inflight Self-disassembly.

- Two accepted papers at ICRA 2019 (papers below).

- Our paper "Resilient Backbones in Hexagonal Robot Formations” was a best paper finalist at the Int. Symp. on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems DARS 2018.

- Two accepted papers at ICRA 2018: ModQuad and the Flying gripper.

Publications

Resume

About Me

I am Assistant Professor in Computer Science & Engineering at Lehigh University. Before joining Lehigh, I worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the GRASP Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania, with Prof. Vijay Kumar.

I completed my PhD in Artifical Intelligence and Robotics, advised by Prof. Mario Fernando Campos , and Prof. Renato Assunção, in the Laboratory of Computer Vision and Robotics - VeRLab, Department of Computer Science at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.


Photo by Eric Sucar at Penn Today

Research Interests

Flying Modular Robots

Multi-rotor systems, self-assembly algorithms, cooperative flying robots.

Environmental Monitoring

Prediction of environmental boundaries, Multi-robot coordination.

Resilient Robot Swarms

Multi-robot systems, Perimeter surveillance, resilient behaviors.

Academic Timeline

2005 - 2010 B.Sc. in Engineering of Systems and Informatics Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellin, Colombia
2011 - 2012 M.Sc. in Engineering - Systems Engineering Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellin, Colombia
2013 - 2017 PhD. in Computer Science Laboratory of Computer Vision and Robotics - VeRLab
Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
2015 - 2017 Visiting Reseach Scholar GRASP Laboratory
University of Pennsylvania, USA
2017 - 2019 Post-Doctoral Researcher GRASP Laboratory
University of Pennsylvania, USA
2019 - present Assistant Professor Computer Science & Engineering
Lehigh University, USA