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Michael Posa

Michael Posa

Assistant Professor, MEAM

Michael’s interests center on planning, control, and formal analysis of robots as they interact with the world. Whether a robot is assisting within the home, or operating in a manufacturing plant, the fundamental promise of robotics requires touching and affecting a complex environment in a safe and controlled fashion. Michael focuses on developing computationally tractable algorithms which enable robots to operate both dynamically and safely as they quickly maneuver through and interact with their environments. This research involves understanding the interplay between the non-smooth dynamics of contact and numerical optimization, and then testing these techniques on both legged robots and robotic arms.

Research Areas


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Research Groups

Publications

A Quasi-static Model and Simulation Approach for Pushing, Grasping, and Jamming

Publisher Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR)

News

Faculty News

2023 CAREER Award Recipient: Michael Posa

August 14, 2023


Faculty News

When Robots Touch the World

April 25, 2023


GRASP News

ICRA 2022 – GRASP Accepted Papers

February 9, 2022


GRASP News

2021 IROS Conference Papers

August 6, 2021


GRASP News

ICRA 2020 Recap

June 24, 2020


GRASP News

Bipedal robot navigates the future

June 26, 2019


Ph.D. Students

Brian Acosta

PhD, MEAM


Xuan Hien Bui

PhD, MEAM


Leon Kim

PhD, ESE


William Yang

PhD, MEAM


Research Staff

Minghan Zhu

PostDoc, MEAM


Alumni

Alp Aydinoglu

PhD, ESE '23 - Boston Dynamics


Yu-Ming Chen

PhD, ESE '23 - The Boston Dynamics AI Institute


Mathew Halm

PhD, MEAM '23 - Applied Scientist at Amazon Robotics


Wanxin Jin

PostDoc, MEAM '21-'23 - Assistant Professor at Arizona State University


Michael Posa

Research Areas

  • Contact Modeling
  • Hybrid Systems
  • Legged Locomotion
  • Manipulation
  • Optimal Control
  • Autonomy