close menu
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.
  • Dexterous Manipulation and Grasping.
  • End-effector design.
  • Automation.


Alberto is the Class of 1957 Associate Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT, and leads the Manipulation and Mechanisms Lab at MIT (MCube) researching autonomous dexterous manipulation, and robot automation. 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 Best Paper Awards at conferences RSS’11, ICRA’13, RSS’18, IROS'18, RSS'19, and ICRA'21, and the 2018 Best Manipulation System Paper Award from Amazon, and the 2020 IEEE Transactions on Robotics King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award. He has been finalist for best paper awards at IROS’16, IROS'18, ICRA'20, RSS'20, and ICRA'21. He has led Team MIT-Princeton in the Amazon Robotics Challenge between 2015 and 2017, and has received Faculty Research Awards from Amazon in 2018, 2019 and 2020, and from Google in 2020. He is also the recipient of the 2020 IEEE Early Academic Career Award in Robotics and Automation. 


Honors + Awards

Professional Service

  • 2021-present, member of CESAR: IEEE Committee to Explore Synergies in Automation and Robotics
  • 2021-present, RSS Sponsorhip chair
  • 2020, Co-created "Robotics Today", an open series of technical talks in robotics.
  • 2020-19, RSS Area chair for manipulation.

MIT Service

  • 2021, MIT, Re-imagining Public Safety at MIT Working Group.
  • 2021, MIT, MechE, General Faculty Search committee.
  • 2020, MIT, MechE, Committee Strategic Integration of Data Science in Mechanical Engineering.
  • 2020, MIT Team 2020, evaluating MIT’s options for the Fall semester.
  • 2018-present, Lead 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



  • 2021 May, (pending) "Tactile Dexterity and Control", US20210146532-A1, WO2021097166-A1
  • 2020 Feb, (pending) "Robotic Manipulation of Objects using External Contacts", US20200055152-A1, WO2020041120-A1
  • 2020 Feb, (pending) "Robotic Manipulation of Objects for Grip Adjustment", US20200055680-A1, WO2020041117-A1
  • 2020 Feb, (pending) "Shape-Shifting Fingers for Robotic Grippers", US20200055197-A1, WO2020041116
  • 2017 Nov, (issued) "Two-Phase Gripper to Reorient and Grasp", US9808936-B2
  • 2014 Oct, (issued) "Method and Apparatus for Using Post Assembly Process Interaction Signatures to Detect Assembly Failures", WO2014160760-A3, CN105229548-A