Diego Pardo – ETH Zürich
Diego Pardo is a post-doctoral researcher in the Agile and Dexterous Robotics Lab (ADRL) of the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH in Zurich (2017). He received his Ph.D. degree in Robotics from UPC Barcelona Tech (2009). Diego has carried out postdoctoral research in the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT in Genova (2014), the Institut de Robòtica I Informàtica Industrial – IRI in Barcelona (2012) and the Technical Research Centre for Dependency care and Autonomous Living in Barcelona (2011).
Michael Posa – MIT
Michael Posa is a Ph.D. student in the EECS department at MIT, advised by Russ Tedrake in the Robot Locomotion Group within CSAIL. Michael is interested in the planning and control of highly dynamic robots interacting with their environment, particularly in the challenges that arise from frictional contact and collisions. He also worked on the control, planning, and operations for the MIT DARPA Robotics Challenge Team.
Scott Kuindersma – Harvard University
Scott Kuindersma is an Assistant Professor of Engineering and Computer Science at Harvard University and the director of the Harvard Agile Robotics Laboratory. Previously, he was a postdoc in the Robot Locomotion Group at MIT CSAIL and the Control Lead for MIT’s DARPA Robotics Challenge team. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012, where he was supported by a NASA graduate fellowship. His current work is focused on developing algorithms for robust locomotion and manipulation, contact-implicit motion planning, and model-predictive control with applications to legged robots, fixed-wing UAVs, and human assistive devices.