Russell Tedrake, EECS assistant professor at MIT and member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is one of five young faculty members from across the United States chosen for the 2008 Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship Program. This program was created in 2005 to honor first-, second- and third-year university professors who demonstrate exceptional talent for unique research and thinking, showing leadership in computer science and related fields.
As stated on the New Faculty Fellowship website: "Because new faculty are so vital to the future of academic computing, the New Faculty Fellowship Program identifies, recognizes, and supports exceptional new faculty members engaged in innovative computing research. The selected professors are exploring breakthrough, high-impact research that has the potential to help solve some of today's most challenging societal problems."
In the Fellowship citation, Tedrake is recognized for his "focus on computational and machine-learning approaches to control system design for robots that walk, run, swim and fly more like real animals." Further, "he believes that to succeed, both the mechanical design of the robots and the algorithms for controller design must exploit the natural, nonlinear dynamics of locomotion. In the next few years, he aims to build bipedal robots that can walk and jump across piles of rocks, and develop robotic birds with flapping wings that can gracefully land on a perch."
Congratulations Russ Tedrake!