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Jing Xiao

Jing Xiao

Professor and Director of the RBE Program
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
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
Cagdas Onal

Cagdas Onal

Associate Professor-Engineering
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
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-Computer Science
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-Computer Science
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- Engineering
Office: 85 Prescott 234
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

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
Greg Lewin

Greg Lewin

Assistant Teaching Professor-Computer Science
Office: 85 Prescott, Rm 202A
Dr. Lewin teaches courses in the Robotics Engineering Program, where he focuses 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
Zhi Li

Zhi Li

Assistant Professor
Office: 85 Prescott 223C
My research on the synergy of human and robotic systems aims to develop motion and task planning strategies for wearable and humanoid robots, based on the behavior and preference demonstrated in human motion coordination and task plans. For wearable robots such as the upper limb exoskeletons for stroke rehabilitation, the arm posture of the robots cannot be appropriately determined using the general kinematic redundancy resolution methods for manipulation robots, yet it can be accurately predicted based on human perception-action coordination. ... View Profile
William Michalson

William R. Michalson

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
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
Marko B. Popovic's research interest ranges from fundamental physics, e.g. particle physics, to human neurosensory-motor organization, engineering robotics systems that assist and augment humans, biomechatronics, and bioinspired engineering. He is the founder and director of Popovic Labs where researchers study physics, biomechanics, and robotics with the goal of answering how living systems function and to synthesize systems that have resembling architecture and functionality and/or may improve life. ... View Profile

Xiangrui Zeng

Assistant Professor
Office: 100 Institute Road
Haichong Zhang

Haichong Zhang

Assistant Professor-Engineering
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
Robotics Engineeirng
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


Kristen Bronger

Kristen Bronger

Administrative Assistant V
Phone: +1 (508) 8316629
Katherine Crighton

Katherine J. Crighton

Administrative Assistant VI
Office: 85 Prescott 216
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6665
Katherine provides administrative support to the Robotics Program. These responsibilities include purchasing supplies for faculty and students, working with the undergraduate program, and overseeing 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
Bradley Miller

Bradley A. Miller

Assoc Dir Robotics Res Ctr
Robotics Engineeirng
Office: Atwater Kent 121
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6796

Francis P O'Rourke

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

Colleen Shaver

Director, Robotics Resource Center
Office: Higgins Lab 014
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6750

Faculty Emeritus

David Cyganski
Professor Emeritus


Kenneth Stafford
Teaching Professor Emeritus 


Associated Faculty

Name Title Email Phone Extension Office Location
Emmanuel O. Agu Associate Professor 5568 Fuller Labs, 139
Holly Ault Associate Professor 5498 Higgins Labs, 208
Scott Barton Assistant Professor 5260 Alden Memorial, 208
Torbjorn Bergstrom Operations Manager 5122 Washburn Shops, 107
Christopher Brown Professor 5627 Washburn Shops, 235
Cosme Furlong Associate Professor 5126 Higgins Laboratories, 152
Glenn R. Gaudette Professor 6086 Gateway Park 4012
Xinming Huang Associate Professor 5771 Atwater Kent Laboratories, 303
Dmitry Korkin Associate Professor   Fuller Laboratories, BL22
Yuxiang Shawn Liu Assistant Professor 4829 Higgins Laboratories, 110
Fred Looft Professor 5369 Atwater Kent Laboratories, 012
Carlos Morato Adjunct Professor    
Pradeep Radhakrishnan Assistant Teaching Professor    
Lenore Rasmussen Adjunct Professor   85 Prescott
Candace Sidner Research Professor 6637 Fuller Laboratories, 140
Jeanine Skorinko Associate Professor 5451 Salisbury Laboratories, 371C
Erin Solovey Associate Professor 6936 Fuller Laboratories, B21
Alexander Wyglinski Associate Professor 5491 Atwater Kent Laboratories, 230
Yihao Zheng Assistant Professor 4649 Higgins Laboratories, 150

Affiliated Researchers

Name Email
Hideyuki Kimpara
Dmitry Berenson
Sonia Chernova
Taskin Padir
Eduardo Torres-Jara