Global Conference 2012

Speaker's Biography

Joel Burdick

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering, California Institute of Technology


Joel Burdick is a professor of mechanical engineering and professor of bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology, where he has worked since 1988. He is the recipient of the NSF Presidential Young Investigator award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator award and the Feynman fellowship. He was a finalist for the best paper award for the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in 1993, 1999, 2000 and 2005. Burdick was appointed an IEEE Robotics Society Distinguished Lecturer in 2003 and received the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award in 2011. Burdick's research interests lie mainly in the areas of robotics, mechanical systems and bioengineering. His current research interests include rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries, multi-fingered robotic grasping and sensor-based robot motion planning. He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.


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