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-.

Tel: 626-395-4139

MC 104-44, Pasadena, CA 91125


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Research Overview

Professor Burdick focuses on robotics, kinematics, mechanical systems and control. Active research areas include: robotic locomotion, sensor-based motion planning algorithms, multi-fingered robotic manipulation, applied nonlinear control theory, neural prosthetics, and medical applications of robotics.

List of Research Areas

robotics, kinematics, mechanical systems and control

Department of Computing + Mathematical Sciences