People

People

Director

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H. Harry Asada Ford Professor of Engineering

Administrative Contact

Yvette Lai Administrative Assistant. email: yvettel@mit.edu

Research Staff

Graduate Students

Emily Kamienski, Ph.D. Student

S.M. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2021)
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering w/ Minor in Computer Science, Georgia Tech (2019)
Research Topic: Elderly Fall Prediction Algorithm and Self-Stabilizing Support Aid
Email: emilyk@mit.edu

Cormac O’Neill, Ph.D. Student

S.M. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2021)
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering w/ Minor in Aerospace, Caltech (2019)
Research Topic: Manufacturing Robotics for Heavy Industries
Email: croneill@mit.edu

Ravi Tejwani, Ph.D. Student

M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT (2020)
Research Topic: Human Robot Interaction
Email: tejwanir@mit.edu

Kentaro Barhydt, Ph.D. Candidate

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University (2020)
B.S.M.E., Union College (2018)
Research Topic: “Robotic Strap” manipulators for harnessing and lifting humans
Email: kbarhydt@mit.edu

Erik Ballesteros, SM Student

B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin (2019)
Research Topic: Supernumerary Robotic Limbs and Robot-Robot Interaction/Collaboration
Email: balleste@mit.edu

Roberto Bolli, SM Student

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Computational Biology, MIT (2021)
Research Topic: Robots for elderly postural assistance and support
Email: rbolli@mit.edu

Jadal Williams, SM Student

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University (2021)
Research Topic: Computer Vision Robotics for Heavy Industries
Email: jadal@mit.edu

Jasmine Terrones, SM Student

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Caltech (2022)
Research Topic: Koopman Applications
Email: jterrone@mit.edu

Visiting Engineers

Itta Nozawa, Visiting Scholar

Doctor of Engineering, Ph.D., Osaka Univ. (2018)
M.S. in Engineering, Osaka Univ. (2015)
B.S. in Engineering, Osaka Univ. (2013)
Research Topic: Manufacturing Robotics for Heavy Industries, Koopman operator theory
Email: nozawa@mit.edu

Kensuke Asaba, Visiting Scholar

M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Bioscience, Waseda Univ. (2014)
B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Bioscience, Waseda Univ. (2012)
Research Topic: Autonomous Robot Control for Construction and Mining
Email: kensukea@mit.edu

Hirofumi Itagaki, Visiting Scholar

Doctor of Engineering, Ph.D., Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (2013)
Research Topic: Eldercare robots
Email: itagaki@mit.edu

Undergraduate Researchers

Quinn Bowers, Undergraduate Researcher

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2023)
Research Topic: Manufacturing Robotics for Heavy Industries

Chengyuan Ma, Undergraduate Researcher

B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT (2025)
Research Topic: Human Robot Interaction

Lab Alumni

Nicholas Hensel

Yuta Kamoshita, Research Topic: Design and control of autonomous mining equipment

Daniel Kurek, Research Topic: Design and control of wearable robots focusing on enhancing and supporting people in manufacturing settings

Jun Maruyama, M.S. Research Topic: Station Information Service Project.

Kosuke Takeuchi, M.S. Research Topic: Mechanical Design and Control, Wearable Robots for Assisting Manufacturing Tasks

Zack Bright, M.S. Research Topic: Shoulder Mounted Supernumerary Robotic Limbs and interfaces for human augmentation in manufacturing

Federico Parietti, Ph.D. Research Topic: Wearable robots for human augmentation. Design and control of man-machine interfaces that expand the skills of the human user

James Torres, Ph.D. Research Topic: the use of PZT actuators and mechanical strain amplification mechanisms for practical applications.

Chengyuan Yan, M.S. Research Topic: Guidance, navigation and control of robots in public spaces.

Baldin Llorens – Bonilla, M.S. Research Topic: Control and Coordination of Wearable Robots, Human – Machine Interfacing.

Lluis Enric Penalver-Aguila, M.S. Research Topic: the development of lightweight and efficient actuators through the combination and form factor optimization of PZT powered, rolling contact buckling actuators.