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Hybrid Dynamic Systems
and Robot Locomotion Lab

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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.

Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Virginia Tech

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

Phone: (540) 231-7187

Email: kavehakbarihamed@vt.edu

Webpage: http://www.me.vt.edu/people/faculty/kaveh-hamed/

Short Bio

Dr. Akbari Hamed is an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Controls and Robotics from Aryamehr University of Technology (Sharif University of Technology) in 2006 and 2011, respectively. 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. He has received the outstanding paper award of the 2023 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), the 2022 Rudolf Kalman Best Paper Award from ASME Dynamic Systems & Control Division, and the 2022 Best Reviewers Award from ASME Letters in Dynamic Systems and Control.

 

Dr. Akbari Hamed is currently serving as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Robotics, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, and IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. He has also served as an editor for the IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference for Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob) and as an associate editor for the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), and the American Control Conference (ACC). He has delivered a TEDx talk on cooperative and bio-inspired robot locomotion. His research interests span control theory and robotics (focusing on distributed and decentralized control, nonlinear control, predictive control, data-driven control, robust control, robot locomotion, and quadrupedal and bipedal locomotion), optimization, dynamical systems, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. 

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Awards and HONORS

  • 2023 Outstanding Paper Award of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

  • 2023 Finalist for the Outstanding Paper Award of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Multi-Robot Systems

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

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  • 2022 Best Reviewers Award for ASME Letters in Dynamic Systems and Control

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

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