Russ Tedrake

Russ Tedrake


Russ Tedrake is a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. He received his B.S.E. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2004, working with Sebastian Seung. After graduation, he spent a year with the MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department as a Postdoctoral Associate. During his education, he has spent time at Microsoft, Microsoft Research, and the Santa Fe Institute.

Professor Tedrake's research group is interested in underactuated motor control systems in animals and machines that are capable of executing dynamically dexterous tasks and interacting with uncertain environments. They believe that the design of these control systems is intimately related to the mechanical designs of their machines, and that tools from machine learning and optimal control can be used to exploit this coupling when classical control techniques fail. Current projects include robust and efficient bipedal locomotion on flat terrain, multi-legged locomotion over extreme terrain, flapping-winged flight, and feedback control for fluid dynamics.


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  • DARPA: MIT Team Qualified for DRC Finals (2013)
  • DARPA: DRC Team qualified as part of the Virtual Robotics Challenge (2013)
  • Hybrid Systems Computation and Control: Best Paper (2013)
  • International Conference on Robotics and Automation: Best Paper (2013)
  • MIT EECS: Spira Teaching Award (2012)
  • Robotics: Science and Systems: Best Student Paper Award Finalist (2011)
  • DARPA: Young Faculty Award (2009)
  • Robotics: Science and Systems: Best Paper Award (2009)
  • National Science Foundation: Career Award (2008)
  • MIT: Jerome Saltzer Award (2008)
  • Microsoft Research: New Faculty Fellowship Award (2008)