Luis Sentis

Associate Professor

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Email: lsentis@austin.utexas.edu
Phone: (512)471-5987
Office: WRW 408C

Research Area:
Controls, Autonomy and Robotics

Education:
Ph.D., Stanford University in Electrical Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Realtime optimal control of human-centered robots
  • Motion planning for experimental agile mobility and manipulation
  • Design of high performance humanoid robots and exoskeleton systems
  • Safety assured human-robot interaction
  • Cognitive modeling and intervention of learner behavior

Luis Sentis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and a contractor for NASA Johnson Space Center. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University where he was also a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Computer Science Department. He was a La Caixa Foundation Fellow while at Stanford. He holds a B.S. degree in Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Before Stanford, he worked in Silicon Valley as a Control Systems Engineer.

In Austin, he leads the Human Centered Robotics Laboratory, an experimental laboratory focusing on control and embodiment of humanoid robots. He was the UT Austin's Lead for DARPA's Robotics Challenge with NASA Johnson Space Center where he helped to design and test the Valkyrie humanoid robot. His research has been funded by NASA, the Office of Naval Research, NSF, DARPA, and private companies.

More recently, he was awarded the NASA Elite Team Award for his contributions to NASA’s Johnson Space Center Software Robotics and Simulation Division. He is also co-founder and scientific advisor of Apptronik Systems Inc., a company focusing on human-centered robotic augmentation systems and educational robotic laboratories.

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