Education

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2006
  • M.S., Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, 2006
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of St. Thomas, 2001
  • B.A., Mathematics, University of St. Thomas, 2001

Background

Aaron D. Ames joined the Georgia Institute of Technology in July 2015 as an Associate Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  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.  He served as a Postdoctoral Scholar in Control and Dynamical Systems at the California Institute of Technology from 2006 to 2008.  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 received the NSF CAREER award in 2010 for his research on bipedal robotic walking and its applications to prosthetic devices, and is the recipient of the 2015 Donald P. Eckman Award recognizing an outstanding young engineer in the field of automatic control.

Research Interests

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 lab designs, builds and tests novel bipedal robots and prosthesis with the goal of achieving human-like bipedal robotic walking and translating these capabilities to robotic assistive devices.

Additional information can be found at the lab website: www.bipedalrobotics.com