Victoria M Edwards

PhD Candidate in ScalAR Lab . GRASP Lab . School of Engineering and Applied Science . University of Pennsylvania.


Pennovation Center

3401 Grays Ferry Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19146

I am an experimental roboticist working on heterogeneous robotic teaming. I am interested in how robot teams work together to achieve complex tasks in unstructured environments. This spans interests from large scale collectives demonstrating emergent behavior, to smaller scale teams with sophisticated capabilities and coordinated task strategies. I use tools from dynamical systems theory and probability theory to bridge the gaps between algorithmic methods to deploy teams of robots and existing modeling methods which describe the evolution of the team. Identifying the underlying connections between the model and the algorithm hits at a fundamental question of understanding the continuous world in relation to a discretized algorithm.


Nov 30, 2022 Paper accepted and presented at DARS 2022 titled: “Stochastic Nonlinear Ensemble Modeling and Control for Robot Team Environmental Monitoring”
Nov 7, 2022 Awarded MEAM Department Spring 2022 Outstanding TA Award. Presented by Dr. Prashant Purohit, and nominated by Dr. Nadia Figueroa for work done in MEAM 520: Introduction to Robotics

Aug 10, 2022 ScalAR Lab Group Summer 2022

May 24, 2022 ScalAR Lab Demos for ICRA 2022 in Philadelphia
May 1, 2021 Awarded the NDSEG Fellowship, 2021 Cohort

selected publications

  1. Delay induced swarm pattern bifurcations in mixed reality experiments
    Edwards, Victoria, deZonia, Philip, Hsieh, M Ani, Hindes, Jason, Triandaf, Ioana, and Schwartz, Ira B
    Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science 2020
  2. Stochastic nonlinear ensemble modeling and control for robot team environmental monitoring
    Edwards, Victoria, Silva, Thales C, and Hsieh, M Ani
    16th International Symposium on Distriubted Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS) 2022