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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 in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Alberto graduated in Mathematics ('05) and Telecommunication Engineering ('06) from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, and earned his PhD (’13) from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Alberto has received the Best Student Paper Award at conferences RSS’11, ICRA’13, and RSS’18, the Best Cognitive Paper Award at IROS'18, and has been finalist for best paper awards at IROS’16 and IROS'18. He has lead Team MIT-Princeton in the Amazon Robotics Challenge between 2015 and 2017, and is recipient of the Amazon Research Award. He has also received the 2018 Best Manipulation System Paper Award and has been finalist to the 2018 Best Manipulation Technical Paper Award from Amazon. He leads the Manipulation and Mechanisms Lab at MIT (MCube) researching autonomous dexterous manipulation, robot automation, and end-effector design.


Honors + Awards

MIT Service

  • 2018-present, Organize MIT Robotics Seminar
  • 2016-present, Associate Head of House, Sidney-Pacific, MIT
  • 2013-present, MechE Graduate Admissions Committee
  • 2016-17, Controls and Dynamics Curriculum Revision Committee, MechE, MIT


  • 2.003 Dynamics and Controls I
  • 2.12 Introduction to Robotics


MCube Lab publications page



  • 2018 Aug, Provisional "Shape-Shifting Fingers for Robotic Grippers"
  • 2018 Aug, Provisional "Robotic Manipulation of Objects for Grip Adjustment"
  • 2018 Aug, Provisional "Robotic Manipulation of Objects using External Contacts"
  • 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