Richard Voyles

Founder and leader of the Robotics Institute of Purdue University, Distinguished Professor of Purdue University, honorary professor of Engineering Technology Department and the Department of Computer and Information Technology


Prof. Richard M. Voyles received his master’s degree from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University and now he is the tenured professor of robotics. He used to serve at the White House in the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the Obama administration and the National Science Foundation of Arlington, Virginia and now he works in the National Science Foundation of the United States and takes charge of the approval of robot and internet-of things projects. The fields he has participated in cover National Robotics Initiative, NASA guidelines, intelligent city, innovation and labor development as well as intellectual property rights. He established the national security and rescue center of the United States and works as the director. He set up the Government/University Cooperative for Safety, Security, and Rescue Research Center in the Robot Rescue Program. Altogether, 45 projects, including projects of National Science Foundation of the United States and industrial projects were under his charge, with total scientific research funds exceeding USD6 million. He initiated the International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR), with SSRR Award Ceremony held in Tongji University in Shanghai in 2017. He is also a member of review team and editorial board in such fields as robot, automation and internet-of-things.