CSE Seminar or Event

Coordinating Hundreds of Autonomous Vehicles in Warehouses

Peter Wurman

Chief Technology Officer and Technical Co-Founder
Kiva Systems
Thursday, February 02, 2012
4:00pm - 5:00pm
1670 Beyster Bldg.

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About the Event

Kiva’s mobile fulfillment system blends techniques from AI, Controls Systems, Machine Learning, Operations Research and other engineering disciplines into the world’s largest mobile robotic platform. Kiva uses hundreds of mobile robots to carry inventory shelves around distribution centers for customers like Staples, Walgreens, and The Gap. Kiva currently has equipment in over 30 warehouses in three countries. This talk will describe the application domain and the solution, and some of the practical problems that Kiva has solved along the way.


Pete Wurman is the Chief Technology Officer and Technical Co- Founder at Kiva Systems where he guides the hardware and software research efforts. Prior to joining Kiva, Pete was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State, where he served as co-director of the university’s E-commerce Program and a member of the faculty of its Operations Research program. He has spent the past decade researching multi-agent resource planning, game theory and computational mechanism design. Pete holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a MS and a Doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

Additional Information

Sponsor(s): CSE

Open to: Public