Jing Xiao
Professor & Department Head, Robotics Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8316363

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. Under the first theme, my work includes compliant motion planning involving complex contact scenarios for high-precision robotic ...

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Greg Lewin
Assistant Teaching Professor, Robotics Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315587

Dr. Lewin is the Associate Head 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. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling and he’ll be happy to tell ...

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Carlo Pinciroli
Associate Professor/Graduate Coordinator, Robotics Engineering

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. Recent work focuses on human-swarm interaction and multi-robot learning. I am also working on swarm robotics solutions for disaster response scenarios, such as search-and-rescue and firefighting.

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Vincent Aloi
Assistant Teaching Professor, Robotics Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8316280

Vincent Aloi is an Associate Teaching Professor with a background in continuum roboitcs. Their doctoral degree was awarded from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2022. They received their bachelors of science in mechanical engineering but began a robotics focus in graduate school. Their research interests include mechanical modeling, sensing, and controlling flexible structures. This research was performed with the REACH lab at UTK, and has been published and presented to various robotics conferences and journals. Currently, Vince has shifted focus to engineering education and helping ...

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Mohammad Mahdi Agheli Hajiabadi
Assistant Teaching Professor, Robotics Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8316866

I genuinely enjoy teaching and interacting with students. I am both an instructor and a researcher at heart and believe that teaching and research are complementary as they advance one another.Teaching: As an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Robotics Engineering Department at WPI, I teach a range of courses, including Kinematics, Dynamics, and Controls courses in both undergraduate and graduate levels. I do believe that teaching entails much more than merely instructing and imparting knowledge on how to solve particular problems related to particular ...

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Berk Calli
Assistant Professor, Robotics Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315448

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. He integrates advanced control methods, active vision framework, machine learning and intelligent mechanical design to provide robust dexterous manipulation ...

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Constantinos Chamzas
Assistant Professor, Robotics Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8316294

I am an Assistant Professor in Robotics Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2023 at Rice University, working under the supervision of Dr. Lydia Kavraki and Dr. Anshumali Shrivastava. I am honored to have received an NSF-GRFP fellowship for my doctoral studies. I received my Diploma from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki as an Electrical and Computer Engineer in 2017.My research interests lie in algorithmic robotics, focusing on integrating learning-based methods with classic robotic planning algorithms. The current research directions I ...

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Siamak Ghorbani Faal
Assistant Teaching Professor, Robotics Engineering

With a Ph.D. in Robotics Engineering from WPI and an extensive background in applied mathematics, optimization and mechatronics, Dr. Faal is at the forefront of research in optimal and nonlinear control, state estimation, and motion planning. He is particularly interested in advancing autonomous navigation through the development of novel algorithms and innovative solutions. His professional journey includes impactful roles in both academia and industry, where he has led projects aimed at enhancing robotic automation and machine learning applications in robotics. Dr. Faal is committed to ...

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Loris Fichera
Assistant Professor, Robotics Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315021

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-by-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. Close interaction with medical doctors is a fundamental component ...

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Gregory Fischer

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5261

Professor Fischer is the William Smith Dean's Professor and a faculty member in Robotics Engineering with a appointments in Mechanical Engineering and 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. He is the founding director of the Automation and Interventional Medicine (AIM) ...

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Kevin Leahy
Assistant Professor, Robotics Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8316293

Kevin Leahy is an Assistant Professor in Robotics Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His current work involves AI for autonomous systems, with an emphasis on formal methods and multi-agent systems. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2017, his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2016, and his BA in Economics in 2009, all from Boston University. From 2017 to 2023, he was a member of the Technical Staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. At MIT Lincoln Laboratory he focused on a variety of domains, including learning decentralized control strategies for multi-agent ...

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Jane Li
Assistant Professor, Robotics Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8316351

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.

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William Michalson

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. I supervise the WPI Center for Advanced Integrated Radio Navigation (CAIRN), where I am developing a Public Safety Integration Center focused on the integration of communications, navigation, and information ...

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Markus Nemitz
Assistant Professor, Robotics Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8316179

Dr. Markus Nemitz serves as an Assistant Professor of Robotics Engineering at WPI and leads the Robotic Materials Group (RMG). He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 2018 and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard until 2020. Pushing towards his vision of rapidly designing robots and materializing them at points of impact, his research interests encompass 3D-printable robotics, real-time adaptive additive manufacturing, automated discovery processes for material systems, and integrated robot ecosystems. These ecosystems involve conventional aerial, ground, and underwater ...

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Christopher Nycz
Assistant Research Professor, Practice Point

Phone: +1 (508) 8316126

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. Chris’s research interests are in the use of wearable robotics to restore hand function of those suffering paresis as a result of neurological trauma and disease. In his doctoral research he applied a patient-centric approach to hand exoskeletons, working to translate ...

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Cagdas Onal
Associate Professor, Robotics Engineering

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. With its hands-on culture and students taking responsibility for their own learning, WPI is the perfect ...

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Andre Rosendo
Assistant Teaching Professor, Robotics Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8316178

I deeply enjoy teaching courses where students combine theoretical components to a practical application. I have been a faculty at ShanghaiTech University, China, for five years, where I created syllabi and taught two courses on Robotics for over four years. While in China I organized outreach activities, teaching Scratch programming to children from low-income neighborhoods in Shanghai. Here in WPI my MQPs usually combine machine learning algorithms with robots and manipulators, or cool/innovative inventions that my students may have! I focus on the design of robots and soft robots, ...

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Nitin Sanket
Assistant Professor, Robotics Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8316392

I envision a future where we are surrounded by small robots doing various tasks such as pollinating flowers, searching for survivors, carrying payloads, entertaining us and even as our personal pets/companions. To advance autonomy on these tiny mobile robots with on-board sensing and computation, we draw inspiration from nature’s experts – insects, birds and other small beings. My doctoral work culminated in building the world’s first prototype of a RoboBeeHive that involved hummingbird-sized nano-quadrotors capable of pollinating flowers, where all the sensing ...

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Haichong Zhang
Assistant Professor, Robotics Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8316892

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.The scope of innovation includes (1) co-robotic imaging, where a robotic ...

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Kristen Keane
Program and Business Development Director, Robotics Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315908

I work to build partnership between WPI Robotics Engineering and Industry and I manage two NSF-funded graduate programs:  WPI's ROSE-HUB (Robots and Sensors for Human Well-being), a multi-university NSF-funded Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) focused on applied robotics and sensing research in a wide range of industries. WPI's Future of Robots in the Workplace Research & Development Traineeship program (FORW-RD NRT), also a NSF-funded program focused on developing leaders of the adoption of robotic interfaces and assistants in ...

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Kari Lola
Administrative Assistant VI, Robotics Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8316195

I am the Undergraduate Administrative Assistant for the Robotics Engineering Department. My responsibility include supervision of work study students, website development and updating, primarily managing MQPs, related purchasing, all undergraduate events, undergraduate forms, and Undergraduate Research Projects Showcase (formerly Project Presentation Day). Before joining my new RBE family at WPI, I worked in various positions in higher educations for 9 years. I received my Associates degree in Education from Greenfield Community College. My bachelors degree is from Salem State University in ...

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Retired Faculty



David Cyganski

Professor Emeritus




Fred Looft

Professor Emeritus




Nicholas Bertozzi

Former Senior Instructor




Bradley A. Miller

Former Associate Director Robotics Resource Center




Kenneth Stafford

Teaching Professor Emeritus




Michael A. Gennert

Professor Emeritus




Craig Putnam

Former Associate Director and Senior Instructor


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
Mehul Bhatia Assistant Teaching Professor mabhatia@wpi.edu   Higgins Lab 107
Rose Bohrer Assistant Professor bbohrer@wpi.edu   Fuller Labs, 132
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    
Pratap Rao Associate Professor pmrao@wpi.edu   50 Prescott St (Gateway II) - 4910
Lenore Rasmussen Adjunct Professor wlrasmussen@wpi.edu   85 Prescott
Candace Sidner Research Professor sidner@wpi.edu 6637 Fuller Laboratories, 140
Jeanine Skorinko Professor skorinko@wpi.edu 5451 Salisbury Laboratories, 371D
Erin Solovey Associate Professor esolovey@wpi.edu 6936 Fuller Laboratories, B21
Joe Stabile Instructor jastabile@wpi.edu   Higgins Laboratories, 211
Yunus Telliel Assistant Professor ydtelliel@wpi.edu   Salisbury Laboratories 108
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 Faculty

Name Email
Jie Fu jfu2@wpi.edu
Hideyuki Kimpara hkimpara@wpi.edu
Siavash Farzan sfarzan@wpi.edu