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Stephen Balakirsky

Stephen Balakirsky

Principal Research Scientist
Georgia Tech Research Institute

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Food Processing Technology Building, 640 Strong St, Atlanta, GA 30318


Dr. Eng. Engineering (2003), University of Bremen
M.S. Electrical Engineering (1995), University of Maryland College Park
B.S. Electrical Engineering (1987), University of Maryland College Park

Stephen Balakirsky

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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.

  • Bio-manufacturing automation
  • Automation for warehousing and logistics
  • Autonomous task planning
  • Autonomous system architectures
  • Heterogeneous, multi-robot systems
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Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone: 404.894.2343