Michael Posa

Michael Posa

I am an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the GRASP lab. I also have secondary appointments in Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE) and Computer and Information Science (CIS).

Contact

276 Towne Building
220 S. 33rd Street
Philadelphia PA, 19104
posa (at) seas.upenn.edu
 

 

Bio

Michael Posa is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania. He leads the Dynamic Autonomy and Intelligent Robotics (DAIR) lab, a group within the Penn GRASP laboratory. His group focuses on developing computationally tractable algorithms to enable robots to operate both dynamically and safely as they quickly maneuver through and interact with their environments, with applications including legged locomotion and manipulation. Michael received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2017, where, among his other research, he spent time on the MIT DARPA Robotics Challenge team. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2007. Before his doctoral studies, he worked as an engineer at Vecna Robotics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, designing control algorithms for the BEAR humanoid robot. He has received the Best Paper award at Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control, a Google Faculty Research Award, and the Young Faculty Researcher Award from the Toyota Research Institute. 

Teaching

Fall 2020: MEAM 517, Control and Optimization with Applications in Robotics

Spring 2020: MEAM 211, Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics

Fall 2019: MEAM 517, Control and Optimization with Applications in Robotics

Fall 2018: MEAM 517, Control and Optimization with Applications in Robotics

Spring 2018: MEAM 535, Advanced Dynamics

Fall 2017: MEAM 513/ESE 505, Feedback Control Design & Analysis