Associate Professor, Head of TASP's Graduate Committee
- Amir Degani is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He heads the CEAR Lab – Civil, Environmental, and Agricultural Robotics Lab (lab’s website). His main interests are locomotion and manipulation (mainly control and planning of dynamic moving mechanisms), navigation and planning algorithms, mechanical design, and more. The CEAR lab’s research also focuses on dynamic locomotion, minimalism and autonomous systems in unstructured environments with applications such as agriculture and construction work. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L). Until recently, has been an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics (IEEE T-RO), and of IEEE IROS and IEEE ICRA conferences. Before coming to the Technion, Prof. Degani completed his MSc, PhD and Postdoc at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA. At the Robotics Institute he worked in the Manipulation Lab and the Bio-Robotics lab, supervised by Howie Choset and Matt Mason.
- Locomotion and mobility - mainly dynamic locomotion such as dynamic climbing robots
- 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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