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Luis Sentis

Associate Professor

Email: lsentis@austin.utexas.edu
Phone: (512) 471-5987
Office: ETC 4.165

www.me.utexas.edu/~hcrl/index.html

Dr. Sentis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, a contractor for NASA Johnson Space Center, and a co-founder of Apptronik Systems Inc.. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University where he was also a Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer Science. He was a La Caixa Foundation Fellow while at Stanford. He holds a B.S. (Honors Thesis) degree in Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Before Stanford, he worked in Silicon Valley as a Control Systems Engineer where he led R&D projects and designed software for industrial robots. In Austin, he leads the Human Centered Robotics Laboratory, an experimental facility 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 prepare for deployment the Valkyrie humanoid robot. His research focuses on realtime optimal control of human centered robots, motion planning for dynamic locomotion, designing high performance series elastic actuators, devising methods to guarantee safe physical human-robot interactions, and designing software systems for mobile manipulation. His research has been funded by NASA, the Office of Naval Research, NSF, DARPA, and several 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 embedded control systems and high performance human-centered robots for the aerospace and defense industries.  

Selected Publications: 

  1. D.H. Kim, Y. Zhao, G. Thomas, B. Fernandez, L. Sentis, Stabilizing Series-Elastic Point-Foot Bipeds using Whole-Body Operational Space Control, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, In Press, July 2016.
  2. N. Paine, L. Sentis, Design and Comparative Analysis of a Retrofitted Liquid Cooling System for High-Power Actuators, Actuators, Vol. 4, Issue 3, pp. 182-202, August 2015.
  3. C-L. Fok, G. Johnson, J.D. Yamokoski, A. Mok, L. Sentis, ControlIt! – A Middleware for Whole-Body Operational Space Control, International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, 13(1): 1550040, March 2016.
  4. K.S. Kim, T. Llado, L. Sentis, Full-Body Collision Detection and Reaction with Omnidirectional Mobile Platforms: A Step Towards Safe Human-Robot Interaction, Autonomous Robots, 40(2), 325-341, January 2016.
  5. N. Paine, G. Johnson, L. Fok, J.S. Mehling, J. Holley, N. Radford, L. Sentis, Actuator Control for the NASA-JSC Valkyrie Humanoid Robot: A Decoupled Dynamics Approach for Torque Control of Series Elastic Robots, Journal of Field Robotics, Vol. 32, Issue 3, pp. 378-396, May 2015.

Most recent publications:

  1. D.H. Kim, Y. Zhao, G. Thomas, B. Fernandez, L. Sentis, Stabilizing Series-Elastic Point-Foot Bipeds using Whole-Body Operational Space Control, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Accepted in July 2016.
  2. B. Ai, L. Sentis, N. Paine, S. Han, A. Mok, C.L. Fok Stability and Performance Analysis of Time-Delayed Actuator Control Systems, Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, 138(5):051005-051005-20, March 2016.
  3. N. Paine, L. Sentis, Design and Comparative Analysis of a Retrofitted Liquid Cooling System for High-Power Actuators, Actuators, Vol. 4, Issue 3, pp. 182-202, August 2015.
  4. C-L. Fok, G. Johnson, J.D. Yamokoski, A. Mok, L. Sentis, ControlIt! – A Middleware for Whole-Body Operational Space Control, International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, 13(1): 1550040, March 2016.
  5. K.S. Kim, T. Llado, L. Sentis, Full-Body Collision Detection and Reaction with Omnidirectional Mobile Platforms: A Step Towards Safe Human-Robot Interaction, Autonomous Robots, 40(2), 325-341, January 2016.
  6. Q-A. Nguyen, S.J. Jorgensen, J. Ho, Characterization and Testing of an Electrorheological Fluid Valve for Control of ERF, Actuators, Luis Sentis, Vol. 4, Issue 3, pp. 135-155, June 2015.
  7. Y. Zhao, N. Paine, K.S. Kim, L. Sentis, Stability and Performance Limits of Latency-Prone Distributed Feedback Controllers, Extended Arxiv Version, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Vol. 62, Issue 11, pp. 7151-7162, Nov. 2015.
  8. N. Paine, G. Johnson, L. Fok, J.S. Mehling, J. Holley, N. Radford, L. Sentis, Actuator Control for the NASA-JSC Valkyrie Humanoid Robot: A Decoupled Dynamics Approach for Torque Control of Series Elastic Robots, Journal of Field Robotics, Vol. 32, Issue 3, pp. 378-396, May 2015.
  9. N.A. Radford, P. Strawser, K. Hambuchen, J.S. Mehling, W.K. Verdeyen, S. Donnan, J. Holley, J. Sanchez, V. Nguyen, L. Bridgwater, R. Berka, R. Ambrose, C. McQuin, J.D. Yamokoski, S. Hart, R. Guo, A. Parsons, B. Wightman, P. Dinh, B. Ames, C. Blakely, C. Edmonson, B. Sommers, R. Rea, C. Tobler, H. Bibby, B. Howard, L. Nui, A.Lee, M. Conover, L. Truong, D. Chesney, R. Platt Jr., G. Johnson, C.-L. Fok, N. Paine, L. Sentis, E. Cousineau, R. Sinnet, J. Lack, M. Powell, B. Morris, A. Ames, Valkyrie: NASA’s First Bipedal Humanoid Robot, Journal of Field Robotics, Vol. 32, Issue 3, pp. 397-419, May 2015.
  10. N. Paine, L. Sentis, A Closed-Form Solution for Selecting Maximum Critically Damped Actuator Impedance Parameters, Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, 137(4):041011-041011-10, April 2015.
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