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Prem Rachakonda (Fed)

Mechanical Engineer

Prem Rachakonda is a mechanical engineer in the Perception Performance for Robotic Systems Project in the Intelligent Systems Division at NIST. His work primarily addresses technical and standardization activities for industrial metrology, industrial automation, autonomous vehicle research, product development and strategic planning. His current research efforts are focused on developing the necessary measurement science to verify and validate 3D vision systems used for manufacturing automation, vision guided robotics and autonomous vehicle applications. Additionally, he has previously worked on developing standards for 3D scanners and developing the technology for achieving nanoscale measurements (Scanning tunneling microscopy). He worked on developing software, hardware, artifacts, and procedures for these projects. His research efforts are now a part of an ASTM standard, 3D point cloud software suites and specifications adopted by a leading 3D scanner manufacturer. 


2018 Edward Bennet Rosa Award: The team was recognized for outstanding leadership and technical excellence in initiating and developing performance test methods that have been adopted as international standards for 3D imaging systems used in a wide range of critical applications. 


Workshop Report: Standards and Performance Metrics for On-Road Autonomous Vehicles

Craig I. Schlenoff, Suzanne Lightman, Vinh Nguyen, Prem Rachakonda, Tao Zhang, Omar Aboul-Enein, Nicholas Barbosa, C Cameron Miller, Daniel Sawyer, Ann Virts
On-road autonomous vehicles are expected to significantly influence key aspects of everyday life. However, these complex systems can pose a safety risk in the

Sources of Errors in Structured Light 3D Scanners

Prem K. Rachakonda, Bala Muralikrishnan, Daniel S. Sawyer
Structured light (SL) scanners have been commercially available for over a decade and some commercial scanners are evaluated using one of two German guidelines
Created October 9, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022