Spotlight on Russ Tedrake

Associate Professor Russ Tedrake’s route to the world of robotics was unconventional. He initially planned on becoming an engineer until he realized how quickly and easily he could design objects with a computer, leading him towards computer programming and eventually a master’s degree in computing engineering.   It was not until he came to MIT for his PhD, and began studying how humans walk that he began working with robots.

Nowadays, Tedrake leads the Robot Locomotion Group at CSAIL and is working on developing dynamic robots that operate like animals. He is currently working on building walking and running robots, autonomous aircraft that can fly like a bird, and a robotic ostrich that can run on two legs at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.
Read more about Tedrake’s work and his love for barefoot running in a new feature by MIT News: