People


Faculty

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

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

Students

Brian Acosta

PhD, MEAM


Ajay Anand

Robotics MSE


Alp Aydinoglu

PhD, ESE


Yu-Ming Chen

PhD, ESE


Makarios Chung

Robotics MSE - Submatric


Yongxin Guo

Robotics MSE


Zachary Hahn

Robotics MSE - Submatric


Mathew Halm

PhD, MEAM


Andrew Hou

Robotics MSE


Jianshu Hu

Robotics MSE


Leon Kim

PhD, ESE


Andrew Levine

Robotics MSE - On Leave


Mark Lewis

Robotics MSE (Leave of Absence)


Yike Li

Robotics MSE


Shaozhe Lyu

Robotics MSE


Alan Nunez

Robotics MSE - Submatric


Saumya Shah

Robotics MSE


Taylor Shelby

Robotics MSE


Philip Sieg

Robotics MSE - AM


Yeshas Thadimari

Robotics MSE


William Yang

PhD, MEAM


Matthew Yu

Robotics MSE - Boeing


Alumni

Joshua Chubb

Robotics MSE '19


Connor Fenn

Robotics MSE '20


Akhil Ganti

Robotics MSE '19


Shiyi Liang

Robotics MSE '18


Mia Mansour

Robotics MSE '20 - McKinsey & Co


Thomas Mulroy

Robotics MSE '18 - Pronto.ai


Zheng Yan

Robotics MSE '19 - Pony.ai


Yuhan Zhao

Robotics MSE '19


Michael Posa

Research Areas

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