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Aaron D. Ames

For fundamental contributions to the dynamic walking of bipedal robots, including foundational results for hybrid and nonlinear systems, together with the experimental realization of formal results on novel robotic platforms

Aaron D. Ames is an Associate Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering as of July 2015.  Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he was an Associate Professor and Morris E. Foster Faculty Fellow II in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, with joint appointments in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering.  Dr. Ames received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in Mathematics from the University of St. Thomas in 2001, and he received a MA in Mathematics and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley in 2006. At UC Berkeley, he was the recipient of the 2005 Leon O. Chua Award for achievement in nonlinear science and the 2006 Bernard Friedman Memorial Prize in Applied Mathematics. Dr. Ames served as a Postdoctoral Scholar in Control and Dynamical Systems at the California Institute of Technology from 2006 to 2008.  In 2010 he received the NSF CAREER award for his research on bipedal robotic walking and its applications to prosthetic devices. Dr. Ames’ research interests center on robotics, nonlinear control, hybrid systems and cyber-physical systems, with special emphasis on foundational theory and experimental realization on robotic systems.  His research lab designs, builds and tests novel bipedal robots and prostheses with the goal of achieving human-like bipedal robotic walking and translating these capabilities to robotic assistive devices.

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