Ragunathan (Raj) Rajkumar is the George Westinghouse Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Rajkumar serves as director of the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute, USDOT Mobility21 National University Transportation Center, USDOT T-SET National University Transportation Center, Real-Time and Multimedia Systems Lab, and co-director of the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Connected and Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab (CAD-CRL).
Rajkumar's research interests lie in all aspects of embedded real-time systems and wireless/sensor networks. In the domain of embedded real-time systems, his interests include but are not limited to operating systems, scheduling theory, resource management, wired/wireless networking protocols, quality of service management, hardware/software architecture, model-based design tools
Rajkumar has received multiple awards, including the Carnegie Science Award in Information Technology, the Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, and the Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award from the IEEE Technical Committee on Real-Time
Rajkumar shares his thoughts on the new Tesla Cybertruck
ECE’s Raj Rajkumar shares his thoughts on the new Tesla Cybertruck with Business Insider. He says that the material it is made of does not provide as much flexibility, which is critical for vehicle accidents and will require special welding techniques.
USDOT Deputy Secretary meets CMU transportation researchers
Carnegie Mellon is working closely with the USDOT to transform the U.S. transportation system through research that focuses on safety, economic growth, climate and sustainability, and equity.
Rajkumar comments on Tesla’s Cybertruck design in WIRED
ECE’s Raj Rajkumar comments on Tesla’s Cybertruck design in WIRED. Its stainless steel alloy composition makes it “look as if it’s the output of a student in an in-class ‘Pop Quiz Number 1’ for the course ‘Intro to Car Design,’” he says.
Carnegie Mellon awarded $20M for transportation research
Congresswoman Summer Lee and U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announce that CMU will lead consortium that will receive $20 million to create Safety21, a University Transportation Center.
Rajkumar quoted on Tesla ruling
ECE’s Raj Rajkumar spoke with Reuters about where Tesla stands in light of a recent verdict that found the automaker wasn’t liable for a crash that had occurred while using Autopilot, its driver-assistant system. “While Tesla won the battle, they may end up losing the war,” Rajkumar said, because the car designs are “far from becoming fully autonomous.”
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Rajkumar comments on Tesla’s stainless steel Cybertruck
ECE’s Raj Rajkumar comments on Tesla’s newest invention: a stainless steel Cybertruck. “Tesla thinks they can solve any problem and don’t have to learn from anyone else,” Rajkumar argues. “And then they get stuck in a corner.”
Rajkumar talks Tesla recalls, autonomous vehicle safety
ECE’s Raj Rajkumar spoke with Time about possible safety concerns with self-driving cars amid a recall of more than 300,000 such Tesla models, which prompted the automaker to announce a software update. “These are not straightforward issues to fix,” Rajkumar said. “If they could have fixed it, they would have fixed it a long time back.”
Rajkumar shares his thoughts on the future of transportation with The Verge
ECE’s Raj Rajkumar was quoted in The Verge on the future of transportation and autonomous vehicles.
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Rajkumar talks about the future of Tesla with The Daily Beast
ECE’s Raj Rajkumar speaks with The Daily Beast about the current status of Tesla and its potential downfall.
Rajkumar quoted on Tesla executive’s departure
ECE’s Raj Rajkumar spoke to Reuters about the abrupt departure of top Tesla executive Andrej Karpathy, suggesting the automaker would look in-house to find Karpathy’s replacement.
Rajkumar talks Tesla layoffs
ECE’s Raj Rajkumar spoke to Reuters about Tesla’s recent move to lay off hundreds of employees at its San Mateo office. “Tesla is clearly in a major cost-cutting mode,” he said.
Traffic21 team cited on autonomous mobility
A paper by the Traffic21 team from CMU was cited in an article in Fast Company on autonomous mobility and smart cities.