University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Rajesh Rajamani
Benjamin Y.H. Liu - TSI Applied Technology Chair
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Office: ME 203
Phone: 612-626-7961

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Ph.D. 1993, M.S. 1991, Mechanical Engineering,
University of California at Berkeley

B.Tech. 1989, Mechanical Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India

Research Interests

Professor Rajamani's research focuses on the design of estimation algorithms, sensors and controllers for smart and autonomous systems. Specific major areas of research have included:

  • Estimation algorithms and control systems for intelligent vehicles, active sensing and estimation on smart bicycles, imminent collision detection sensors, tracking systems for complex traffic on urban roads and highways, and road condition monitoring transducers.
  • Fundamental estimation algorithms for globally stable state estimation in nonlinear systems, for fault diagnostics, and for unknown input estimation.
  • Wearable sensors, automated monitoring of disease status, estimation algorithms for analysis of arm and leg motions, and activity classification.
  • Design of handheld diagnostic instruments and associated estimation algorithms for medical applications.

Selected Awards

  • Best University Start Ups of 2016, Innotronics, a start-up company co-founded by Professor Rajamani was selected to be among the top 35 start-ups of 2016 through a nationwide competition conducted by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer.
  • ASME Fellow, Elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), July 2012.
  • Editors’ Choice, Applied Physics Letters, July 2012. Paper on flexible solid-state supercapacitors selected for the APL 50th Anniversary Editor’s Choice Collection. Only 50 papers out of more than 12,000 papers published between 2009-2012 were selected for this honor.
  • O. Hugo Schuck Award from the American Automatic Control Council, 2007. This award is given to the best application paper selected out of more than 1000 papers presented at the annual American Control Conference. It is considered to be one of the most distinguished honors in the international control systems community.
  • Ralph R. Teetor Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers for contributions to automotive research and education, 2007.
  • CTS Research Partnership Award for partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to achieve results of significant impact on transportation in Minnesota.
  • Best Paper of the Year Award from the journal IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 2001, from the ASME Automotive and Transportation Systems Technical Committee, 2011, and from the ASME Automotive and Transportation Systems Technical Committee, 2016.
  • NSF CAREER Award A prestigious award from the National Science Foundation for junior faculty who have the potential to launch a distinguished academic career in research and teaching. Based on a nationwide competition conducted by the National Science Foundation, June 2000.
  • Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) for 1995. Awarded for exceptional technical accomplishments in the demonstration of Active Magnetic Guidance for elevators. This is the highest engineering honor awarded in the company.
  • The Sivasailam Merit Prize for the best undergraduate project at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, June 1989.

Selected Publications

  • A. Zemouche, F. Zhang, F. Mazenc and R. Rajamani, “High Gain Nonlinear Observer with Lower Tuning Parameter,” accepted for publication as a full paper in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, to appear in Vol. 64, No. 8, August 2019.
  • W. Jeon, A. Zemouche and R. Rajamani, “Tracking of Vehicle Motion on Highways and Urban Roads Using a Nonlinear Observer,” IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 644-655, April 2019.
  • W. Jeon and R. Rajamani, “Rear Vehicle Tracking on a Bicycle Using Active Sensor Orientation Control,” IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Vol. 19, No. 8, pp. 2638-2649, August 2018.
  • Y. Zhang, A.S. Sezen, M. Ahmadi, X. Cheng and R. Rajamani, “Paper Based Supercapacitive Mechanical Sensors,” Scientific Reports, a Nature journal, Vol. 8, Article 16284, November 2018.
  • S. Zhang, R. Rajamani, and A. S. Sezen, “Wearable Water Content Sensor based on Ultrasound and Magnetic Sensing,” Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 46, No. 12, pp. 2079-2090, December 2018.

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