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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.
  • Extrinsic dexterity.
  • Mechanical intelligence for gripper 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. After spending a year in the Locomotion group at MIT, he joined  the faculty at MIT in 2014, where he started 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.  His main research interests are in robotic manipulation, mechanical design, and automation. His long-term research goal is to provide robots with enough sensing, reasoning and acting capabilities to reliably manipulate their environment.


Honors + Awards

MIT Service

  • 2016-present, Associate Head of House, Sydney-Pacific, MIT.
  • 2016-present, 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



Most recent publications:
  • Correll, N., K. Bekris, D. Berenson, O. Brock, A. Causo, K. Hauser, K. Okada, A. Rodriguez, J. Ro- mano, and P. Wurman (2016). Analysis and Observations from the First Amazon Picking Challenge. IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Accepted.
  • Kolbert, R., N. Chavan Dafle, and A. Rodriguez (2016). Experimental Validation of Contact Dynamics for In-Hand Manipulation. In: International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (ISER), pp.Accepted. 
  • Yu, K.-T., M. Bauza, N. Fazeli, and A. Rodriguez (2016). More than a Million Ways to be Pushed. A High-Fidelity Experimental Data Set of Planar Pushing. In: IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp.Accepted. 
  • Chavan Dafle, N., M. T. Mason, H. Staab, G. F. Rossano, and A. Rodriguez (2015). A Two-Phase Gripper to Reorient and Grasp. In: IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE), pp.1249–1255.
  • Chavan Dafle, N. and A. Rodriguez (2015). Prehensile Pushing: In-hand Manipulation with Push- Primitives. In: IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp.6215–6222.
  • Fazeli, N., R. Tedrake, and A. Rodriguez (2015). Identifiability Analysis of Planar Rigid-Body Fric- tional Contact. In: International Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR)
  • Yu, K.-T., J. Leonard, and A. Rodriguez (2015). Shape and Pose Recovery from Planar Pushing. In: IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp.1208–1215. http: //
  • Chavan Dafle, N., A. Rodriguez, R. Paolini, B. Tang, S. S. Srinivasa, M. A. Erdmann, M. T. Mason, I. Lundberg, H. Staab, and T. A. Fuhlbrigge (2014). Extrinsic Dexterity: In-Hand Manipulation with External Forces. In: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp.1578– 1585.

Under review:

  • Fazeli, N., R. Kolbert, R. Tedrake, and A. Rodriguez (2016). Parameter and Contact Force Estimation of Planat Rigid-Bodies Undergooing Frictional Contact. The International Journal of Robotics Research, In review. 
  • Hogan, F. and A. Rodriguez (2016). Feedback Control of the Pusher-Slider System: A Story of Hy- brid and Underactuated Contact Dynamics. In: Workshop on Algorithmic Foundation of Robotics (WAFR), pp.In review. 



  • 2015, Patent “Two-Phase Gripper to Reorient and Grasp”, Application number: 15/200110 
  • 2013,  Patent “Method and Apparatus for Using Post Assembly Process Interaction Signatures to Detect Assembly Failures”, Publication numbers: WO2014160760 A3, CN105229548 A