Roberto Bunge, PhD

Argentina | Fulbright S&T awardee 2009 | Stanford University | Aeronautics and Astronautics

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As an International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow, Roberto Bunge is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, where he focuses on the design of control systems applied to complex dynamical systems using novel methods in artificial intelligence. His research objective is to increase the learning and adaptive capacity of these systems while minimizing the human input necessary for their success.

In the past, very effective control systems have been designed, but they depend heavily on case-specific knowledge by the designer. They traditionally have also taken a long time to synthesize. Roberto has a passion for solving these kinds of problems, and works to identify designs for concrete systems which can interact effectively with a complex and changing environment.

A native of Argentina, Roberto received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (ITBA). While at ITBA, he worked on a number of engineering projects, the most notable of which involved the design and certification of a two-passenger sports airplane. This was the first Argentine design of the kind in over forty years and has helped advance the national aviation industry. Roberto also completed a research internship at the Balseiro Institute, one of the most prestigious nuclear research centers in South America, where he had the opportunity to interact with young researches from the region.

After obtaining his Ph.D. degree, Roberto hopes to conduct research at the Argentine National Space Agency and contribute to the development of Argentina’s space program. In the long run he dreams of having a role in the design and management of Argentina’s Science & Technology system. Apart from work, Roberto enjoys rock climbing, soccer, and spending time in the wilderness. He is looking forward to climbing El Capitan, at Yosemite National Park, during his time in the U.S.