Kanna Rajan is a Fellow at SIFT, LLC a think tank working on AI related projects for the US Dept. of Defense. He has a long association and is a Visiting Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Univ. of Porto affiliated with the Underwater Systems Technology Lab. He was the Principal Researcher in Autonomy at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, a Senior Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, California and a co-founder of a Cyber-security startup in Silicon Valley. His academic interests are in automated planning and execution for mobile robotics in space, aerial, surface and underwater domains. His software has flown and controlled robots on two NASA missions including on the surface of Mars (2003) and in deep space (1999) as well as in the deep ocean.
US Scholar Program – Fulbright Award in Space, Atmosphere, Ocean, Climate, Energy and Data Science / AIR Centre
Position, Home Institution: Fellow, SIFT – Smart Information Flow Technologies
Field of Study: Computer Science – Artificial Intelligence, Robotics
Project Title: ” Exploring the Coastal Zone with Coordinated Autonomous Platforms”
Host Institution, Location: Association for the Development of the Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre), Lisbon and Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira Island, Azores Archipelago)
Grant Duration, Starting Date (month): 5 months, starting in May 2022