Degani, Amir

Associate Professor
History Highlights:
  • Amir Degani is an Associate Professor at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He received the B.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, in 2002 (summa cum laude) and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, in 2006 and 2010, respectively. Since 2011, he has been an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion. He is the Director of the Civil, Environmental and Agricultural Robotics (CEAR) Laboratory researching robotic legged locomotion and autonomous systems in civil and agriculture application. His research interests focuses on mechanism analysis, synthesis, control and motion planning and design with emphasis on minimalistic concepts and the study of nonlinear dynamic hybrid systems. Prof. Degani has six patents in the robotics field and has received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE BioRob Conference in 2006, the Best Video Award at the IEEE ICRA Conference in 2010, and the JTCF novel technology paper award in IEEE IROS 2015. Prof. Degani is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO) and of the IEEE ICRA and IROS conferences.
Research Interests:
  • Locomotion and mobility - mainly dynamic locomotion such as dynamic climbing robots
  • Manipulation
  • Non-linear dynamics - for hybrid, non-smooth systems such as hopping and climbing robots
  • Field robotics - autonomous vehicles in outdoors/unstructured environmental
  • Planning, sensing and executing complex tasks in unstructured environments with applications in Agricultural, Environmental and Civil Engineering, including fruit picking, search and rescue, inspecting buildings after earth-quacks, etc.
  • Minimalism in design - Can you build a climbing robot with one motor? no sensors? how much computation do you need in order to complete a given task?
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