Toyota Professor of EECS, Aero/Astro, MechE.
Vice President, Robotics Research, Toyota Research Institute.
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
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I am interested in finding elegant control solutions for interesting (underactuated, stochastic, and/or difficult to model) dynamical systems that I can build and experiment with. I'm particularly interested in finding connections between mechanics (especially non-smooth mechanics) and optimization theory which enable formal analysis and control design for complex mechanical systems. These days I am primarily interested in bringing the rigor of systems theory to robot manipulation. Please see the description of the Robot Locomotion Group for more information.
Spring terms: 6.832 - Underactuated Robotics
Fall terms: 6.800 - Robotic Manipulation (previously taught as 'special topics' number 6.881)
Drake -- a C++/Python toolbox for simulation and optimization-based design/analysis of complex dynamical systems (esp. robots).
Russ is the Toyota Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science, Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Mechanical Engineering at MIT,
the Director of the Center for Robotics at the Computer Science and Artificial
Intelligence Lab, and the leader of Team MIT's entry in the DARPA Robotics Challenge.
Russ is also the Vice President of Robotics Research at the Toyota Research Institute.
He is a recipient of the 2021 Jamieson Teaching Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the MIT Jerome
Saltzer Award for undergraduate teaching, the DARPA Young Faculty
Award in Mathematics, the 2012 Ruth and Joel Spira Teaching Award, and was named a
Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellow.
Russ 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
joined the MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department
as a Postdoctoral Associate. During his education, he has also spent
time at Microsoft, Microsoft Research, and the Santa Fe Institute.
Curriculum Vitae: pdf ( 81K).