Hybrid Dynamic Systems and Robot Locomotion Laboratory

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Virginia Tech

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Principal Investigator

Kaveh Akbari Hamed, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Virginia Tech

Email: kavehakbarihamed@vt.edu


Mechanical Engineering

Thesis: Decentralized control of agile quadrupedal and bipedal locomotion (Vision 60)

Email: vinay28@vt.edu

Ph.D. Candidate

Vinay R. Kamidi


Mechanical Engineering

Thesis: Intelligent Planning and control of quadrupedal locomotion (Vision 60)

Email: jeeseop@vt.edu 

Ph.D. Candidate

Jeeseop Kim


Mechanical Engineering

Thesis: Nonlinear control of quadruped running (Minitaur)

Email: josephbmartinv@vt.edu

M.S. Student

Joseph Martin


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

Email: l.j.trimbach@student.tue.nl

International Visitor (M.S. Student), 01/2018-03/2018

Loek J. Trimbach

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Mechanical Engineering 

Thesis: Decentralized control of cooperative legged locomotion (Vision 60)

Email: agp19@vt.edu 

Ph.D. Student

Abhishek Pandala


Mechanical Engineering

Co-advisor: Dr. Alex Leonessa

Thesis: Distributed Control of Multiagnet Legged Systems

Email: basit@vt.edu  

Ph.D. Student

Basit Muhammad Imran


Mechanical Engineering

Thesis: Agile quadrupedal locomotion with bioinspired robotic tails

Email: randallf@vt.edu 

M.S. Student

Randy Fawcett

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Mechanical Engineering

Email: jc26@vt.edu

Undergraduate Student

Shengyuan Niu


Mechanical Engineering

Email: zzihang1@vt.edu

Undergraduate Student

Zihang Zhao

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Mechanical Engineering

Email: esean4@vt.edu

Undergraduate Student

Sean Eagen

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Mechanical Engineering

Email: jiajunz6@vt.edu

Undergraduate Student

Jiajun Zhang


K12 Researcher

Neema Ahmadian


 We are looking for motivated, talented graduate students from all over the world, who wish to undertake Ph.D. research at the cutting edge of control theory and robotics. The desired candidates hold an MS or BS degree in Engineering (preferably ECE, ME, AE), (Applied) Mathematics, Computer science, or related fields. The candidates for these positions should have a strong background in mathematics, programming, and hardware together with hands-on experience. In particular, we are interested in the following skills:


  1. Strong mathematical background on control theory and robotics;

  2. Strong programming skills: C/C++, MATLAB/Simulink, Python, ROS, and Microcontrollers; and

  3. Implementing feedback control in hardware (sophisticated legged machines in the lab).


If interested in this position, please e-mail Dr. Akbari Hamed with a 1) cover letter and 2) resume/CV as PDF attachments. Incomplete applications will not be considered.