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Postdoctoral Researchers

Prof. Shai Revzen
(2009–2012, University of Pennsylvania)
Currently: Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

Dr. Galen Clark Haynes
(2008–2011, University of Pennsylvania)
Currently: Sr Robotics Engineer, National Robotics Engineering Center

Dr. Haldun Komsuoglu
(2005–2008, University of Pennsylvania)
Currently: Vice President of Research & Development, American Android Corp.

Prof. Pei-Chun Lin
(2005–2007, University of Pennsylvania)
Currently: Assistant Professor, National Taiwan University

Prof. Jonathan Clark
(2004–2007, University of Pennsylvania)
Currently: Assistant Professor, Florida State University

Dr. Richard Altendorfer
(2000–2002, University of Michigan)
Currently: Senior Research Fellow, TRW Automotive

Dr. Erich Staudacher
(1998–2000, University of Michigan)

Dr. Bill Schwind
(1998–1999, University of Michigan)
Currently: Member of Technical Staff, Raytheon, Inc.

Ph.D. Students

Goran Lynch (Ph.D. 2011, University of Pennsylvania)
Thesis title:Dynamic Vertical Climbing: Bioinspiration, Design, and Analysis
Currently: Project Manager, Synapse Product Development

Dr. Gabriel Lopes (Ph.D. 2007, University of Michigan)
Thesis title: Perception based navigation for underactuated robots
Follow-up position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Delft University of Technology
Currently: Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology

Prof. Pei-Chun Lin (Ph.D. 2005, University of Michigan)
Thesis title: Proprioceptive Sensing for a Legged Robot
Follow-up position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania
Currently: Assistant Professor, National Taiwan University

Dr. Haldun Komsuoglu (Ph.D. 2004, University of Michigan)
Thesis title: Toward a Formal Framework for Open-Loop Stabilization of Rhythmic Tasks
Follow-up position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania
Currently: Entrepreneur

Dr. Eric Westervelt (Ph.D. 2003, University of Michigan, co-advised with Prof. Jessy Grizzle)
Thesis title: Toward a Coherent Framework for the Control of Planar Biped Locomotion
Follow-up position: Assistant Professor, Ohio State University

Prof. Richard Groff (Ph.D. 2002, University of Michigan, co-advised with Prof. P. P. Khargonekar)
Thesis title: Piecewise Linear Homeomorphisms for Approximation of Invertible Maps
Follow-up position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Berkeley
Currently: Assistant Professor, Clemson University

Prof. Uluc Saranli (Ph.D. 2002, University of Michigan)
Thesis title: Dynamic Locomotion with a Hexapod Robot
Follow-up positions: Postdoctoral Researcher, Carnegie Mellon University
Currently: Assistant Professor, Bilkent University

Prof. Eric Klavins (Ph.D. 2001, University of Michigan, co-advised with Prof. W. R. Rounds)
Thesis title: Decentralized Phase Regulation of Cyclic Robotic Systems
Follow-up position: Postdoctoral Researcher, California Institute of Technology
Currently: Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Prof. Noah Cowan (Ph.D. 2001, University of Michigan)
Thesis title: Vision-based Control via Navigation Functions
Follow-up position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Berkeley
Currently: Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Jun Nakanishi (Ph.D. 1999, University of Nagoya, Japan, co-advised with Prof. Toshio Fukuda)
Thesis title: A Dynamics Based Brachiating Robot
Currently: Member of Technical Staff, ATR, Inc., Japan

Dr. William J. Schwind (Ph.D. 1997, University of Michigan)
Thesis title: Spring Loaded Inverted Pendulum Running: A Plant Model
Follow-up position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Michigan
Currently: Member of Technical Staff;, Raytheon, Inc.

Dr. Charles Cohen (Ph.D. 1996, University of Michigan, co-advised with Prof. Lynn Conway)
Thesis title: Dynamical System Representation, Generation, and Recognition of Basic Oscillatory Motion Gestures, and Applications for the Control of Actuated Mechanisms
Currently: Vice President, Cybernet Systems Corporation

Dr. Peter Swanson (Ph.D. 1996, University of Michigan)
Thesis Title: Shaking Strategies for Sensorless Parts Orientation
Currently: Engineer, FANUC Robotics, Inc.

Dr. Robert Burridge (Ph.D. 1996, University of Michigan)
Thesis title: Toward a Dynamical Pick and Place
Currently: Researcher, NASA Johnson Space Center

Dr. Dongmin Kim (Ph.D. 1996, University of Michigan)
Thesis title: Calibration Issues in Robotics

Dr. Alfred Rizzi (Ph.D. 1994, Yale University)
Thesis title: Dexterous Robot Manipulation
Follow-up positions: Postdoctoral Researcher, Assistant Research Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Currently: Lead Robotics Scientist, Boston Dynamics, Inc.

Prof. Louis Whitcomb (Ph.D. 1992, Yale University)
Thesis title: Advances in Architectures and Algorithms for High Performance Robot Control
Follow-up position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Currently: Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Prof. Elon Rimon (Ph.D. 1990, Yale University)
Thesis title: Exact robot navigation using artificial potential functions
Currently: Professor, Israel Institute of Technology (Technion)

Dr. Martin Buehler (Ph.D. 1990, Yale University)
Thesis title: Robotics in Intermittent Dynamical Environments
Follow-up positions: Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT; Professor, McGill University; Director of Robotics, Boston Dynamics, Inc.
Currently: Chief Roboticist, iRobot Corporation

M.S. Students

Ben Plotnick

Arunkumar Byravan
(2009–2011, University of Pennsylvania)
Currently: Associate Manager, Procter and Gamble India

1stLt Mackenzie White, USMC

Tim Herrmann

Visiting Scholars

Aaron Peck

Undergraduate Students

Matthew Hale

Ryan Knopf

Anirudha Majumdar

Sarah Koehler (2009, Cornell University)

Phillip Dupree (2009, Columbia University)

Sam Russem (2007–2009, University of Pennsylvania)

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