Alumni

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Omur Arslan (2009-2017) Currently: Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Dr. Aaron Johnson (2008–2014) Currently: Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering, CMU
Prof. Shai Revzen
(2009–2012)
Currently: Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Dr. Galen Clark Haynes (2008–2011) Currently: Commercialization Specialist (Spec. Faculty), CMU
Dr. Haldun Komsuoglu (2005–2008) Currently: Vice President of Research & Development, American Android Corp.
Prof. Pei-Chun Lin (2005–2007) 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.

PhD 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

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: Senior Staff Roboticist at Google

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: Executive R&D Imagineer at Walt Disney Imagineering

M.S. Students

Arunkumar Byravan (2009–2011, University of Pennsylvania) Currently: PhD student in the Computer Science school at the University of Washington, Seattle

Ben Plotnick

Emily Plumb (2013-2014 University of Pennsylvania) Currently: Mechanical Engineer, Synapse)

Mackenzie White

Tim Herrmann

Visiting Scholars

Aaron Peck

Undergraduate Students

Mike Choi (2012 – 2013, University of Pennsylvania)

Pouria Sanjari (2012-2013, University of Pennsylvania)

Karl Bayer (2012, Columbia University)

Kevin Alcedo (2013, University of Pennsylvania)

Evelyn “Fifi” Yeung (2013, University of Pennsylvania)

Matthew Hale (2008-2012, University of Pennsylvania)

Ryan Knopf

Anirudha Majumdar, currently: Assistant Professor, Princeton University

Sarah Koehler (2009, Cornell University)

Phillip Dupree (2009, Columbia University)

Sam Russem (2007–2009, University of Pennsylvania)