Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
CSEE alum Balaji Vishwanathan’s robotics company featured in Forbes
Balaji Vishwanathan (MS ’07) startup company Invento Robotics is featured in Forbes India magazine
Balaji Viswanathan started his career at Microsoft, and moved from there to develop startups in such diverse areas as robotics, education, and finance. He has embraced the true calling of an entrepreneur, using long term goals to develop companies that actively seek to make a global impact. This is exemplified by his Bengaluru-based company, Invento Robotics, which is currently using its humanoid robots to provide a myriad of services, from taking temperatures to collecting patient information to bringing medications and food to patients in isolation wards, in an effort to fight COVID-19.
His business was featured in Forbes India magazine as part of a series on companies that have pivoted to use technology to address the Covid-19 pandemic. The article discusses how Invento has applied its first mobile robot models, Mitra, to perform tasks like collecting patient details, checking temperatures, and setting up video calls with doctors. Two new models, C-Astra and Robodoc have now been deployed to disinfect rooms and virtually interact with patients inside Covid-19 wards.
Balaji has recently returned to UMBC as a part-time Ph.D. student in the Computer Science program and will work on research topics that will advance the state of the art in supporting intelligent robotics.
UMBC seeks Professor of the Practice, Graduate Program Director, Engineering Programs
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Workshop
On October 3, 2019, Dr. Francis
Ferraro presented a workshop for the National Science Foundation Graduate
Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP). During
the workshop, Dr. Ferraro covered many topics including scholarship
eligibility, funding, and the application process. He also provided a detailed
application checklist as well as suggestions for developing personal and
research statements. In addition to giving information about the NSF GRFP, Dr.
Ferraro provided an overview of the graduate school experience.
Application deadline for the NSF GRFP is October 22, 2019.
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.
Three years of funding to use across five years (in 12 month blocks). Stipend: $34,000 per year. Tuition/education expenses: $12,000 per year.
Applicants must be US citizens, national or permanent residents. Applicants must be an undergraduate senior, or first or second year graduate student.