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Hybrid Dynamic Systems
and Robot Locomotion Lab

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About Us

Hybrid Dynamic Systems and Robot Locomotion (HDSRL) Laboratory is located in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech and directed by Dr. Kaveh Akbari Hamed. Our primary academic interests span control theory, robotics, optimization, dynamical systems, machine learning, and cyber-physical systems.


Our research goal is to establish a firm foundation to create innovative algorithms to systematically design resilient and intelligent controllers for a wide range of dynamical systems with nonlinear and hybrid natures. These systems include but are not limited to (1) autonomous robots for disaster response and industrial applications, (2) cooperative multiagent systems with decentralized and distributed control policies, (3) walking and running robots with human/animal morphology, (4) complex systems, and (5) wearable robots like prostheses and orthoses to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities.

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About the Principal Investigator

Kaveh Akbari Hamed, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Virginia Tech

225 Goodwin Hall – 0238
635 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: (540) 231-7187



Short Bio

Dr. Akbari Hamed is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Controls and Robotics from the Sharif University of Technology (Aryamehr University of Technology) in June 2011. Subsequently, he held a postdoctoral research fellow position under the supervision of Prof. Jessy W. Grizzle in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of the University of Michigan from January 2012 to August 2014. 

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Awards and HONORS

  • 2022 Rudolf Kalman Best Paper Award by ASME Dynamic Systems & Control Division

  • Invited TEDx Speaker: “How will robot armies save our future cities?” TEDxPearlStreet, Washington, DC, July 2020

TEDx Talk

Autonomous Robots

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