The Mark Gelfand Service Award for Educational Outreach
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2016 Gelfand Award Recipient
Senior Systems Scientist, Robotics Institute
George Kantor is a researcher and educator at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests lie in position estimation and mapping for mobile robots, control of robotic systems with nontrivial dynamics, and wireless networks for distributed sensing and control. His work translates ideas related to these technical interests into rugged systems that reliably solve real-world problems, especially in the application areas of agriculture and mining. He develops experimental robotic systems that demonstrate novel concepts, develops theoretical advances for problems in robot estimation and control, and disseminates knowledge through teaching and outreach. He is dedicated to K-12 STEM educational outreach activities. He directs several STEM educational activities, and he is the co-founder and director of the Girls of Steel Robotics Initiative, which started in 2011 as an all-girls high school FIRST Robotics Competition team and has since grown into a pipeline of hands-on robotics activities for girls ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, and which now reaches over 200 students each year.