Joel W. Burdick
Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Research Scientist
Degrees and Appointments
B.S., Duke University, 1981; M.S., Stanford University, 1982; Ph.D., 1988. Assistant Professor, Caltech, 1988-94; Associate Professor, 1994-2000; Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2000-02; Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering, 2002-12; Executive Officer for Bioengineering, 2006-07; Hayman Professor, 2012-; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Research Scientist, 2014-.
Professor Burdick researches robotic locomotion, sensor-based motion planning algorithms, multi-fingered robotic manipulation, applied nonlinear control theory, neural prosthetics, and medical applications of robotics. Professor Burdick has been focusing more of his expertise in robotics to the development of human prosthetics for paralysis. He has been collaborating with neuroscientists and has demonstrated rehabilitation technology that could repair paralyzing spinal cord injuries successfully.
List of Research Areas
robotics, kinematics, mechanical systems and control
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