Steve Butner, Ph.D. is a professor in computer and electrical engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an expert in computer architecture, software architecture, robotics, and computer networking with over 20 years of experience. In addition to research in these areas, he has also had extensive product development experience with companies such as Computer Motion. Dr. Butner received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Ranjan Mukherjee, Ph.D. is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University (MSU). He received his BS degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1987 and his MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1989 and 1991, respectively, all in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining MSU, he was an Assistant Professor at the United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, from 1991 to 1996. The expertise of Ranjan Mukherjee lies in the areas of kinematics, dynamics, controls, design and robotics, and he has done theoretical and experimental work with a variety of mechatronic systems that include nonholonomic systems, mobile and tele-robotic systems, under-actuated systems, magnetic bearings, flexible structures and MEMS. He holds 6 patents and has more than 90 publications. His research has been sponsored by AFOSR, DARPA, NASA, NIST, NSF, and the US Navy.
Partha Srinivasan, Ph.D. has over 15 years of experience in video compression and telecommunications technology. Dr. Srinivasan was a co-founder of Mediamatics, which was a pioneer in the development of software and hardware MPEG compression algorithms. Mediamatics was sold to National Semiconductor, where its software and hardware was then integrated into many of the consumer electronics giants, including Toshiba, Philips, etc. Dr. Srinivasan is now a co-founder of Parama Networks, a developer of high-speed telecommunications switching networks. Dr. Srinivasan has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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