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Alberto Rodriguez

Contact Info

room 5-207D

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


  • 2013


    Ph.D Robotics
  • 2006

    Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

    Degree in Telecommunications Engineering
  • 2005

    Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

    Degree in Mathematics

Research Interests

  • Autonomous robotic manipulation.
  • Hand dexterity.
  • End-effector design.
  • Automation.


Alberto Rodriguez is the Walter Henry Gale (1929) Career Development Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT. Alberto graduated in Mathematics ('05) and Telecommunication Engineering ('06) from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, and earned his PhD in Robotics (’13) from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He spent a year in the Locomotion group at MIT, and joined the faculty at MIT in 2014, where he leads the Manipulation and Mechanisms Lab (MCube). Alberto is the recipient of the Best Student Paper Awards at conferences RSS 2011 and ICRA 2013 and Best Paper finalist at IROS 2016.  He has lead Team MIT-Princeton in the Amazon Robotics Challenge between 2015 and 2017, and is recipient of the Amazon Research Award.  His main research interests are in autonomous robotic manipulation, mechanical design, and automation.


Honors + Awards

MIT Service

  • 2016-present, Associate Head of House, Sidney-Pacific, MIT.
  • 2016-17, Controls and Dynamics Curriculum Revision Committee, MechE, MIT.
  • 2013-present, MechE Graduate Admissions Committee


  • 2.003 Dynamics and Controls I
  • 2.12 Introduction to Robotics


MCube Lab publications page



  • 2017 Feb, “Two-Phase Gripper to Reorient and Grasp”, US20170036354 A1
  • 2014 Nov, “Method and Apparatus for Using Post Assembly Process Interaction Signatures to Detect Assembly Failures”, WO2014160760 A3, CN105229548 A