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Alberto Rodriguez

Contact Info

room 5-207D

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Education

  • 2013

    CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

    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.

Bio

Alberto Rodriguez is an Associate Professor (without tenure) at the Mechanical Engineering Department 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. He leads the Manipulation and Mechanisms Lab at MIT (MCube) researching autonomous dexterous manipulation, robot automation, and end-effector design. Alberto has received Best Paper Awards at conferences RSS’11, ICRA’13, RSS’18, IROS'18, and RSS'19, and has been finalist for best paper awards at conferences IROS’16 and IROS'18. He has lead Team MIT-Princeton in the Amazon Robotics Challenge between 2015 and 2017, and has received the Amazon Research Award in 2018 and 2019, and the 2018 Best Manipulation System Paper Award from Amazon. 

 

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

Teaching

  • 2.003 Dynamics and Controls I
  • 2.12 Introduction to Robotics

Publications

MCube Lab publications page

 

Patents

  • 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