Dr. Kaveh Akbari Hamed is an assistant professor of robotics and controls in Mechanical Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in June 2011. Subsequently, he held a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan from January 2012 to August 2014.
Dr. Akbari Hamed’s research goal is to establish a formal foundation to create resilient and intelligent control algorithms for a wide range of dynamical systems. These systems include but are not limited to,
(1) autonomous robots for disaster response and industrial applications, (2) multiagent and collaborative robotic systems with distributed control policies, (3) walking and running robots with human/animal morphology, (4) complex systems, and (5) wearable robots like prostheses and orthoses. For more than 10 years, he has developed control and computational algorithms that enable agile locomotion of legged machines.
Dr. Akbari Hamed has published over 35 articles in the most prestigious and peer-reviewed journals and conferences of the controls and robotics society. He is a co-author of the book “Hybrid Control and Motion Planning of Dynamical Legged Locomotion” published by Wiley-IEEE press. Dr. Akbari Hamed was awarded multiple National Science Foundation (NSF) grants as the lead principle investigator (PI) to develop robust and intelligent controllers for the next generation of bipedal and quadrupedal robots as well as powered prosthetic legs.