Seth Hutchinson is the KUKA Chair for Robotics. Hutchinson is an associate director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM). Prior to accepting a position at the Georgia Tech, Hutchinson spent nearly his entire career at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He began his time there in 1990 as an assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering, advancing to associate professor in 1996 and full professor in 2003. During that time, he also served as a visiting professor at a number of international posts. Hutchinson's research interests lie in robotics, specifically vision-based control, motion planning, planning under uncertainty, pursuit-evasion, localization and mapping, locomotion, and bio-inspired robotics. He co-authored two books on the topic: Principles of Robot Motion – Theory, Algorithms, and Implementations and Robot Modeling and Control. He also served as editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Robotics from 2008-13. Hutchinson received his education at Purdue University, earning his bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the school in 1983, 1984, and 1988, respectively.