Matei Ciocarlie

Assistant Professor
228 S. W. Mudd Building
500 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027 USA
Tel: (212) 851-0407
Fax: (212) 854-3304
Fall '17 office hours: Wed 1-2:30pm
Matei Ciocarlie’s main interest is in reliable robotic performance in unstructured, human environments, focusing on areas such as novel robotic hand designs and control, autonomous and Human-in-the-Loop mobile manipulation, shared autonomy, teleoperation, and assistive robotics. He is also interested in novel hand designs that combine mechanical and computational intelligence, and make use or tactile, proprioceptive or range sensing in novel ways.
Matei completed his Ph.D. at Columbia University in New York. His doctoral dissertation, focused on reducing the computational complexity associated with dexterous robotic grasping, was the winner of the 2010 Robotdalen Scientific Award. Before joining the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Columbia, Matei was a Research Scientist and then Group Manager at Willow Garage, Inc., and then a Senior Research Scientist at Google, Inc. In recognition of his work, Matei was awarded the 2013 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award, a 2015 Young Investigator Award by the Office of Naval Research, a 2016 CAREER Award by the National Science Foundation, and a 2016 Sloan Fellowship. A complete CV can be found here.
A detailed overview of Matei's research can also be found in this presentation, recorded at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute Seminar Series.

Recent journal publications:

  1. M. Ciocarlie, F. Hicks, R. Holmberg, J. Hawke, M. Schlicht, J. Gee, S. Stanford and R. Bahadur. “The Velo Gripper: A Versatile Single-actuator Design for Enveloping, Parallel and Fingertip Grasps”, International Journal of Robotics Research, 33(5), 2014

  2. T. Chen, M. Ciocarlie, S. Cousins, P. Grice, K. Hawkins, K. Hsiao, C. Kemp, C. King, D. Lazewatsky, A. Leeper, H. Nguyen, A. Paepcke, C. Pantofaru, W. Smart, and L. Takayama. "Robots for Humanity: A Case Study in Assistive Mobile Manipulation", IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, Special Issue on Assistive Robotics, 20(1), 2013

  3. S. Chitta, E. G. Jones, M. Ciocarlie and K. Hsiao. “Perception, Planning, and Execution for Mobile Manipulation in Unstructured Environments”, IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine Special Issue on Mobile Manipulation, 19(2), 2012

  4. M. Ciocarlie, C. Pantofaru, K. Hsiao, G. Bradski, P. Brook and E. Dreyfuss. “A Side of Data with My Robot: Three Datasets for Mobile Manipulation in Human Environments”, IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine Special Issue: Towards a WWW for Robots, 18(2), 2011

  5. M. Ciocarlie and P. Allen. “A Constrained Optimization Framework for Compliant Underactuated Grasping”, Mechanical Sciences, 2, 17-26, 2011

  6. M. Ciocarlie and P. Allen. “Hand Posture Subspaces for Dexterous Robotic Grasping”, International Journal of Robotics Research, 28(7), 2009 (IJRR Top Ten Impact Factor in 2011)

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