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Faculty

Jing Xiao

Jing Xiao

Professor and Head ad interim
Office: 85 Prescott Street, Suite 201
My research spans robotics, haptics, multi-modal perception, and artificial intelligence, at the intersection of computer science and engineering. There are two highly related themes in my robotics research: one is the focus on “contact sport”, i.e., the contact and interaction between a robot or a part/tool it holds and the environment, and the other is real-time adaptiveness of robots to uncertainty and uncertain changes in an environment based on perception. ... View Profile
Greg Lewin

Greg Lewin

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: 85 Prescott, Rm 202A
Dr. Lewin is the Associate Director of Robotics Engineering. He teaches courses that focus on system integration, sensor and data processing, and system design. Prior to joining WPI, Dr. Lewin was an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, where he directed the Technology Leaders Program, an interdisciplinary engineering program focusing on the design of cyber-physical systems. He has performed research and development of sensor systems, turbomachinery, energy systems, and robots in both academic and industrial settings. ... View Profile
Cagdas Onal

Cagdas Onal

Associate Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Office: Higgins Labs 105
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4857
An integral part of a rewarding academic career is being an educator. It is a wonderful opportunity to work with students and guide their development to fulfill their potential. I enjoy teaching the fundamentals of robotics engineering, science and technology as well as training students in advanced independent research. I aim to teach students about research-based thinking and problem solving, to give them a real career choice to determine their future in further research or the industry. ... View Profile
Mohammad Mahdi Agheli Hajiabadi

Mohammad Mahdi Agheli Hajiabadi

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: 100 Institute RD
Nicholas Bertozzi

Nicholas Bertozzi

Senior Instructor
Office: 85 Prescott 207
Phone: +1 (508) 8316166
I am delighted to return to full-time teaching as an instructor in the robotics engineering program at WPI after a long and very satisfying career at Daniel Webster College (DWC) where I had the opportunity to teach courses in engineering design (including CAD/CAM), statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, aerodynamics, and differential equations. I also had the privilege to serve as dean of the DWC School of Engineering and Computer Science (5/2009-12/2015). ... View Profile
Berk Calli

Berk Calli

Assistant Professor
Office: 85 Prescott Street, Room: 310
Berk's research primarily focuses on problems related to robotic manipulation, which is a key functionality largely missing from the current state of the art in robotics for unstructured environments, including homes, modern warehouses, and collaborative manufacturing stations. He develops multi-modal robotic manipulation strategies mainly focusing on the role of vision feedback for coping with uncertainties of unstructured environments. ... View Profile
Loris Fichera

Loris Fichera

Assistant Professor
Office: 50 Prescott 4808
My research interests are in the application of robotics and computer science to enhance medicine, and particularly surgery. What gets me out of bed in the morning is the prospect of helping doctors save lives and improve the quality of life of their patients. My students and I work side-to-side with clinical collaborators to create technology that presents a tangible clinical value – for instance, making an existing surgical procedure more accurate or enabling new procedures that are not feasible with current instrumentation. ... View Profile
Gregory Fischer

Gregory S. Fischer

Professor
Office: Office: 50 Prescott, Rm 4804
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5261
Professor Fischer is the William Smith Dean's Professor and a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Engineering with an appointment in Biomedical Engineering at WPI. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from Johns Hopkins University, where he was part of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computer Integrated Surgery. At WPI he has been an integral part of developing the Robotics Engineering program and teaches primarily junior-level and graduate courses in Robotics. ... View Profile
Jie Fu

Jie Fu

Assistant Professor
Office: 85 Prescott 222
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4963
My research leverages control theory, formal methods, and machine learning to construct adaptive, provably correct cyber-physical systems with respect to complex specifications. The challenges I am currently interested in include: reactive robotic systems under partial information and modeling uncertainty, multi-robot coordination, optimal control of hybrid systems, and design of adaptive semi-autonomous systems. View Profile
Michael Gennert

Michael A. Gennert

Professor
Office: 85 Prescott 203
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5476
I teach and conduct research to solve problems that will make the world better: safer, healthier, and happier. Working with undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and other faculty, we develop humanoid robots for disaster recovery, robots to inspect trees for invasive insect pests, and autonomous boats for monitoring lakes. In the past I have worked on medical imaging to improve cancer and heart disease diagnoses and treatment, and spatio-temporal databases for global change research. In my spare time I like to hike, bike, ski, canoe, and play frisbee. View Profile
Zhi Li

Zhi Li

Assistant Professor
Office: 85 Prescott 223C
My research bridges the gap between human-robot interaction and human movement science. I am particularly interested in the design of human-robot interfaces and assistive robot autonomy, based on the understanding of the perception-action coupling of humans and cyber-human systems. At WPI, I primarily work on tele-nursing robots and assisted teleoperation interfaces. I also have extensive experience in exoskeletons for rehabilitation and tele-surgical robots. View Profile
William Michalson

William R. Michalson

Professor
Office: 85 Prescott 204
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5766
I joined the faculty of the ECE Department in 1991 after leaving Raytheon Company, where I spent approximately 12 years involved with the development of embedded computers for guidance, communications, and data processing systems for spaceborne and terrestrial applications. At WPI I perform research and teach in the areas of navigation, communications, and computer system design. ... View Profile
Markus Nemitz

Markus Nemitz

Assistant Professor
Office: Room 311, 85 Prescott Street
Markus obtained his B.Eng. in electrical engineering from Bochum University and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in electronics and electrical engineering from the University of Edinburgh. At the University of Edinburgh, he worked under the guidance of  Prof. Adam A. Stokes . During his doctoral studies, Markus was a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, working with  Prof. Edwin B. Olson . ... View Profile
Carlo Pinciroli

Carlo Pinciroli

Assistant Professor
Office: 85 Prescott 223B
Phone: +1 (508) 8316853
The focus of my research is designing innovative tools for swarm robotics. I am developing Buzz, a programming language specifically designed for real-world robot swarms. During my Ph.D., I have designed ARGoS, which is currently the fastest general-purpose robot simulator in the literature. I am also working on swarm robotics solutions for disaster response scenarios, such as search-and-rescue and firefighting. View Profile
Marko Popovic

Marko B. Popovic

Assistant Research Professor
Office: 85 Prescott 213
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5378
In the spirit of a multidisciplinary researcher also referred to as a polymath or renaissance man, Prof. Marko B. Popovic's research interest ranges across numerous fields including engineering robotics systems that assist and augment humans, biomechatronics, biomechanics, neuroscience and sensorimotor control, space and planetary robotics, bio-inspired engineering, as well as fundamental physics, specifically theoretical particle physics. Prof. ... View Profile
Craig Putnam

Craig B. Putnam

Senior Instructor
Office: 85 Prescott 208
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6658
After many years in industry, it's time for me to give back. One way I have done that is through my involvement with FIRST Robotics. Over the past 15+ years I have been a FIRST parent, mentor, and team leader. More recently I have been judging in FLL and FRC tournaments at the regional, state, and national level. The other way I give back is through teaching. I take a great deal of pride and pleasure in helping students get off to a good start in their engineering careers. And there is nothing more rewarding than a former student stopping by several years later to say 'Thanks'. View Profile
Xiangrui Zeng

Xiangrui Zeng

Assistant Professor
Office: 85 Prescott Street, Room 312
My research covers a variety of topics in automotive dynamic system and mobility cyber-physical system modeling, analysis, estimation and control. Specifically, my current work is focused on data-enhanced intelligent optimal control for connected and automated vehicles and advanced algorithms for transportation network cyber-physical systems. ... View Profile
Haichong Zhang

Haichong Zhang

Assistant Professor
Office: 85 Prescott Suite 311
The research program led by Dr. Haichong (Kai) Zhang focuses on the interface of medical robotics, sensing, and imaging, and to develop a novel biomedical imaging systems that delineates both anatomical and physiological properties of a biological tissue that have been inaccessible. In addition, we will develop robotic assisted imaging systems as well as image-guided robotic interventional platforms, where ultrasound and photoacoustic (PA) imaging are two key modalities to be investigated and integrated with robotics. ... View Profile

Research Staff

Christopher Nycz

Christopher Julius Nycz

Research -RSI
Office: PracticePoint, 50 Prescott Street, 3rd Floor
Education:  PhD Robotics Engineering WPI 2018 MS Robotics Engineering WPI 2016 BS Mechanical Engineering Clarkson University 2013 Christopher Nycz is a research scientist working with WPI's PracticePoint center for advancing healthcare cyber-physical systems. In this role, Chris is responsible for managing a broad range of industry-academia projects in areas including biomechatronics, image guided therapy, smart-home environments, and surgical robotics. ... View Profile
Ryosuke Tsumura

Ryosuke Tsumura

Affiliate Post-Doctoral Fellow

Staff

Kristen Bronger

Kristen Bronger

Administrative Assistant V
Phone: +1 (508) 8316629
Kristen provides administrative support to the Robotics Engineering Department. These responsibilities include supporting the graduate program, purchasing supplies for faculty and students, and overseeing the TA/RA hiring and payroll. She has a M.S. from Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) in Environmental Management and a B.S. from the University of Rhode Island in Marine and Coastal Management Policy. Kristen enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, and traveling. View Profile
Katherine Crighton

Katherine J. Crighton

Administrative Assistant VI
Office: 85 Prescott 216
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6665
Katherine provides administrative support to the Robotics Engineering Department. These responsibilities include working with the undergraduate program, purchasing supplies for faculty and students, and overseeing hourly student payroll. She has a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing, and so naturally she spent several years in both science fiction and academic STEM publishing. Katherine enjoys spending time with her family, writing, and watching appalling movies. View Profile

Nancy Gaudette

Coordinator-Administrative
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6604

Bradley A. Miller

Assoc Dir Robotics Res Ctr
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6796

Francis P O'Rourke

Assistant Director, Robotics Resource Center
Phone: +1 (508) 8316192 x6192

Colleen Shaver

Director, Robotics Resource Center
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6750

Faculty Emeritus

David Cyganski
Professor Emeritus
cyganski@wpi.edu

 

 

Kenneth Stafford
Teaching Professor Emeritus
stafford@wpi.edu 

 

Fred Looft
Professor Emeritus
fjlooft@wpi.edu

Associated Faculty

Name Title Email Phone Extension Office Location
Emmanuel O. Agu Associate Professor emmanuel@wpi.edu 5568 Fuller Labs, 139
Holly Ault Associate Professor hkault@wpi.edu 5498 Higgins Labs, 208
Scott Barton Assistant Professor sdbarton@wpi.edu 5260 Alden Memorial, 208
Torbjorn Bergstrom Operations Manager torbjorn@wpi.edu 5122 Washburn Shops, 107
Christopher Brown Professor brown@wpi.edu 5627 Washburn Shops, 235
Cosme Furlong Associate Professor cfurlong@wpi.edu 5126 Higgins Laboratories, 152
Glenn R. Gaudette Professor gaudette@wpi.edu 6086 Gateway Park 4012
Xinming Huang Associate Professor xhuang@wpi.edu 5771 Atwater Kent Laboratories, 303
Dmitry Korkin Associate Professor dkorkin@wpi.edu Fuller Laboratories, BL22
Yuxiang Shawn Liu Assistant Professor yliu11@wpi.edu 4829 Higgins Laboratories, 110
Carlos Morato Adjunct Professor cwmorato@wpi.edu
Pradeep Radhakrishnan Assistant Teaching Professor pradhakrishnan@wpi.edu
Lenore Rasmussen Adjunct Professor wlrasmussen@wpi.edu 85 Prescott
Candace Sidner Research Professor sidner@wpi.edu 6637 Fuller Laboratories, 140
Jeanine Skorinko Associate Professor skorninko@wpi.edu 5451 Salisbury Laboratories, 371C
Erin Solovey Associate Professor esolovey@wpi.edu 6936 Fuller Laboratories, B21
Alexander Wyglinski Associate Professor alexw@wpi.edu 5491 Atwater Kent Laboratories, 230
Ziming Zhang Assistant Professor zzhang15@wpi.edu   Atwater Kent Laboratories, 217
Yihao Zheng Assistant Professor yzheng8@wpi.edu 4649 Higgins Laboratories, 150

Affiliated Researchers

Name Email
Hideyuki Kimpara hkimpara@wpi.edu
Dmitry Berenson dberenson@wpi.edu
Sonia Chernova soniac@wpi.edu
Taskin Padir tpadir@wpi.edu
Eduardo Torres-Jara etorresj@wpi.edu