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: 6.8210 - Underactuated Robotics (formerly 6.832)
Fall terms: 6.4210 - Robotic Manipulation (formerly 6.800)
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 2023 MIT Teaching with Digital Technology Award, 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).