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


Alberto Rodriguez is the Class of 1957 Associate Professor 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, the 2018 Best Manipulation System Paper Award from Amazon, and has been finalist for best paper awards at IROS’16, IROS'18, ICRA'20 and RSS'20. He has lead 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

  • 2020, Co-created "Robotics Today", an open series of technical talks in robotics.
  • 2020-19, RSS Area chair for manipulation.

MIT Service

  • 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



  • 2020 Oct, Provisional, Pending, "PnuGrip: An Active Two-Phase Gripper"
  • 2019 Nov, Non-Provisional, Pending, "Tactile Dexterity and Control"
  • 2018 Aug, Non-Provisional, Pending, "Shape-Shifting Fingers for Robotic Grippers"
  • 2018 Aug, Non-Provisional, Pending, "Robotic Manipulation of Objects for Grip Adjustment"
  • 2018 Aug, Non-Provisional, Pending, "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