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Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

Paul Oh
Office: Curtis 156
Phone: 215-895-6396
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B.E., Mechanical Engineering, McGill University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University
M.Phil., Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University
Ph.D., Columbia University

Research Interests

Robotics; computer vision; visual-servoing; micro-air-vehicles; autonomous systems


Prof. Paul Oh is an ASME Fellow and Associate Department Head at Drexel's Mechanical Engineering Department. He received mechanical engineering degrees from McGill (B.Eng 1989), Seoul National (M.Sc 1992), and Columbia (PhD 1999). Honors include faculty fellowships at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (2002), Naval Research Lab (2003), the NSF CAREER award (2004), the SAE Ralph Teetor Award for Engineering Education Excellence (2005) and was named a Boeing Welliver Fellow (2006). He is the Director of the Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab and also the Founding Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Aerial Robotics and UAVs. 

From 2008-2010, he served at the National Science Foundation (NSF) as the Program Director managing the robotics research portfolio. He has authored over 70 referred archival papers and edited 2 books in the areas of robotics and unmanned systems. He serves as editor for several leading robotics publications including Springer-Verlag's Journal of Intelligent Robotics and Systems and the Journal of Intelligent Service Robotics. He also served as Director for the NATO Advanced Studies Institute (ASI) in 2010 on Unmanned Systems which gathered researchers from over 20 countries to capture the state of the art and formulate research roadmaps. In 2012, he serves as Program Chair for the most prestigious conference in the academic robotics community, the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), to be held in St. Paul, MN, USA.

In recognition of his international partnerships and impact on US research and education, he was one of three Distinguished Lecturers invited by the National Science Board to speak at their 60th Anniversary in 2010.