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Luis Sentis

Luis Sentis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin since January 2010. Between 2007 and 2009 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in 2007 from Stanford University and his B.S. (Honors Thesis) from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in 1996. He worked as a Control Engineer in Silicon Valley between 1996 and 1998.

He was a recipient of the La Caixa Fellowship given by the Catalan Government to pursue 2 years of Graduate Studies at Stanford.

In Austin, he directs the Human Centered Robotics Laboratory, where his research focuses on characterizing, controlling and building humanoid robots. The control methods he has developed have been used in some of the most advanced humanoid robots such as the Meka Humanoid Robot and simulations of the Honda Asimo Humanoid robot.

At the University of Texas at Austin, he conducts research on algorithms for the compliant skills of humanoid robots, design of mechanical and embedded hardware for humanoid systems, and biomechatronics. He has created a new class called Topics in Human Centered Robotics to explore foundations and applications of robots for the assistance and augmentation of humans in their daily lives.

He is co-designer of the open-source software architecture, the Compliant Whole-Body Control Framework which endows complex compliant skills to humanoid robots.

He is recipient of Funding Awards by the Office of Naval Research, the NSF National Robotics Initiative, and the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

Selected Publications

  1. Luis Sentis, Jaeheung Park, Oussama Khatib, "Compliant Control of Multi-Contact and Center of Mass Behaviors in Humanoid Robots", IEEE Transactions in Robotics, Vol. 26, (2010), 3, June, pp. 483-501
  2. Luis Sentis and Oussama Khatib, "Synthesis of Whole-body Behaviors Through Hierarchical Control of Behavioral Primitives", International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, Vol. 2(4), (2005), December, pp. 505-518
  3. Oussama Khatib, Luis Sentis, Jae-Heung Park, James Warren, "Whole Body Dynamic Behavior and Control of Human-Like Robots", International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, Vol. 1(1), (2004), March, pp. 1-15
  4. Oussama Khatib, Emel Demircan, Vincent DeSapio, Luis Sentis, Thor Besier, Scott Delp, "Robotics-Based Synthesis of Human Motion", Journal of Physiology, Vol. 103(3-5), (2009), May-September, pp. 211-219
  5. Oussama Khatib, Oliver Brock, K.C. Chang, Diego Ruspini, Luis Sen- tis, Sriram Viji, "Human-Centered Robotics and Interactive Haptic Simulation", International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol. 23(2), (2004), February, pp. 167

Most Recent Publications

  1. Luis Sentis, Jaeheung Park, Oussama Khatib, "Compliant Control of Multi-Contact and Center of Mass Behaviors in Humanoid Robots," IEEE Transactions In Robotics, Vol. 26, (2010), 3, June, pp. 483-501
  2. Oussama Khatib, Emel Demircan, Vincent DeSapio, Luis Sentis, Thor Besier, Scott Delp, "Robotics-Based Synthesis of Human Motion," Journal Of Physiology, Vol. 103(3-5), (2009), May-September, pp. 211-219
  3. Luis Sentis and Oussama Khatib, "Synthesis of Whole-body Behaviors Through Hierarchical Control of Behavioral Primitives," International Journal Of Humanoid Robotics, Vol. 2(4), (2005), December, pp. 505-518
  4. Oussama Khatib, Oliver Brock, K.C. Chang, Diego Ruspini, Luis Sen- tis, Sriram Viji, "Human-Centered Robotics and Interactive Haptic Simulation," International Journal Of Robotics Research, Vol. 23(2), (2004), February, pp. 167
  5. Oussama Khatib, Luis Sentis, Jae-Heung Park, James Warren, "Whole Body Dynamic Behavior and Control of Human-Like Robots," International Journal Of Humanoid Robotics, Vol. 1(1), (2004), March, pp. 1-15