Alireza Ramezani

Assistant Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering

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  • 617.373.4027

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Research Focus

Design and development of robots with nontrivial morphologies; Analysis and closed-loop feedback design of nonlinear systems; Robot locomotion (legged & fluidic-based); Robotics-inspired biology

Education

  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2014

Honors & Awards

  • 2024 Impact Award
  • Two cover articles of Science (Robotics) Magazine
  • One Science Article in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Science Magazine Altmetric
  • Research highlights at Nature
  • Winner of 2022 NASA’s Game Changing Program Award
  • Winner of 2020 NASA’s Game Changing Program Award
  • Recipient of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) Faculty Research Program Position (Summer 2022)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers(ASME)
  • Climbing and Walking Robots Association (CLAWAR)

Research Overview

Design and development of robots with nontrivial morphologies; Analysis and closed-loop feedback design of nonlinear systems; Robot locomotion (legged & fluidic-based); Robotics-inspired biology

SiliconSynapse Lab

At “SiliconSynapse Lab”, we design bio-inspired robots, i.e., we are inspired by biology. Our works reside at the intersection of control theory and robotics, the intersection of theory and experiment. That said, the names ‘’Silicon’’ and ‘’Synapse’’ carried by the lab’s name are the fundamental components of the sensory feedback chains in robots and biological systems.

SiliconSynapse Lab

Selected Research Projects

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • E. Sihite, A. Ramezani, ”Enforcing nonholonomic constraints in Aerobat, a roosting flapping wing model,” Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, December 8-11, 2020.
  • E. Sihite, P. Kelly, A. Ramezani, ”Computational Structure Design of a Bio-inspired Armwing Mechanism,” IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), 2020. Also accepted in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Las Vegas, NV, October 25-29, 2020
  • P. Dangol, A. Ramezani, N. Jalili, ”Performance satisfaction in Midget, a thruster-assisted bipedal robot,” American Control Conference (ACC), Denver, CO, July 1-3, 2020.
  • A. Ramezani, ”Towards flapping flight upside-down landing through differential manipulation of inertial dynamics,” Proc. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Paris, France, May 31 to June 4, 2020.
  • P. Dangol, A. Ramezani, ”Performance and Robustness Satisfaction in a Thruster-assisted Legged Robot,” International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), Berlin, Germany, July 12-17, 2020.
  • A. C. B. de Oliveira, A. Ramezani, ”Thruster-assisted Center Manifold Shaping in Bipedal Legged Locomotion,” International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), Boston, MA, July 6-10, 2020.
  • A. Ramezani, S.U. Ahmed, J.E. Hoff, S.J. Chung, S. Hutchinson, Describing aerial locomotion of an Articulated MAV with Stable Periodic Orbits, Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems: The 6th Int’l. Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 2017, 394-405
  • S.U. Ahmed, A. Ramezani, S.J. Chung, S. Hutchinson, From Rousettus Aegyptiacus Landing to Robotic Landing: Regulation of CG-CP Distance Using a Nonlinear Closed-Loop Feedback, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2017, 3560-3567
  • A. Ramezani, S.J. Chung, S. Hutchinson, A Biomimetic Robotic Platform to Study Flight Specializations of Bats, Science (Robotics-AAAS), 2(3), 2017
  • J.E. Hoff, A. Ramezani, S.J. Chung, S. Hutchinson, Synergistic Design of a Bio-Inspired Micro Aerial Vehicle with Articulated Wings, Robotics Science and Systems Conference (RSS), 2016
  • A. Ramezani, X. Shi, S.J. Chung, S. Hutchinson, Bat Bot (B2), a Biologically Inspired Flying Machine, Proc. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2016, 3219-3226
  • A. Ramezani, J. Hurst, K.A. Hamed, J.W. Grizzle, Performance Analysis and Feedback Control of Atrias, a 3D Bipedal Robot, ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Control, 136(2), 2014, 21012
  • H.W. Park, A. Ramezani, J.W. Grizzle, A Finite State Machine for Accommodating Unexpected Large Ground Height Variations in Bipedal Robot Walking, IEEE Transactions on Robotics,29(2), 2013, 331-345

Faculty

Feb 01, 2024

Faculty and Staff Awards 2024

The College of Engineering recognized faculty and staff at the annual faculty and staff awards event and thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication in support of our students, college, and university during the 2023-2024 academic year. View award recipients and photo gallery.

Faculty

Nov 30, 2023

New Robotics Lab to Lead to Innovative Research

The newly opened space in EXP for the Institute of Experiential Robotics will allow for interdisciplinary collaboration in the advancement of robotics. This article originally appeared on Northeastern Global News. It was published by Cesareo Contreras. Main photo: Northeastern Ph.D. student Adarsh Salagame works on a snake-like robot in the Experiential Institute of Robotics’ new […]

Faculty

Sep 15, 2023

Announcing Fall 2023 PEAK Experiences Awardees

Several engineering students and science students mentored by COE faculty are recipients of Northeastern’s Fall 2023 PEAK Experiences Awards. Projects this fall are tackling a range of topics and modes with students developing an autobiographical zine, studying the development of amphibian limbs, building better rocket parts, and more. BASE CAMP AWARDS Farhad Ibrahimzade COE’26 & […]

Alireza Ramezani

Faculty

Sep 08, 2023

Global Strategic Partnership Forged to Advance Robotic Technology

ECE Assistant Professor Alireza Ramezani is collaborating on a $3M project with Caltech as part of a cross-disciplinary collaboration focused on the design and control of multi-modal robots.

Alireza Ramezani

In the Media

Aug 03, 2023

Morphing robot from Northeastern University could someday walk, fly and drive over alien planets

The Morphobot (M4), designed by a team of researchers led by ECE Assistant Professor Alireza Ramezani, was featured in the Space.com article “Morphing robot from Northeastern University could someday walk, fly and drive over alien planets.”

In the Media

Jul 05, 2023

This Robot Has All the Moves—Eight, to be Precise

The Morphobot (M4), designed by a team of researchers led by ECE Assistant Professor Alireza Ramezani, was featured in the IEEE Spectrum article “This Robot Has All the Moves—Eight, to be Precise.”

Alireza Ramezani

Faculty

Jul 03, 2023

Finding Inspiration from Nature to Create the Multi-Modal Mobility Morphobot (M4)

ECE Assistant Professor Alireza Ramezani’s research on “Multi-Modal Mobility Morphobot (M4) with appendage repurposing for locomotion plasticity enhancement” was published in Nature Communications.

In the Media

Jul 03, 2023

The future of space exploration is a transforming, animal-like robot, scientists say

The multi-modal mobility morphobot (M4), designed by a team of researchers led by ECE Assistant Professor Alireza Ramezani, was featured in articles by ABC News, Science, Independent, Interesting Engineering, ZME Science, Mirage News, BollyInside, The Verge, Pasadena Now, Tech Explorist, NewsBytes, HT Tech, Ubergizmo, Autoevolution, Gearrice, TechTimes, New Scientist, Germany’s N-TV, and on WHDH.

Faculty

Jul 03, 2023

Groundbreaking, Animal-Inspired Robot Rolls, Crawls and Flies into the Future of Robotics

The multi-modal mobility morphobot (M4), designed by a team of researchers led by ECE Assistant Professor Alireza Ramezani, is a shape-shifting robot with eight modes of mobility inspired by animals, capable of seamlessly transitioning between crawling, flying, rotating, and using thrusters, with potential applications in space exploration, package delivery, and search and rescue operations.

Faculty

Apr 27, 2023

Announcing Summer 2023 PEAK Experiences Awardees

Several engineering students and science students mentored by COE faculty are recipients of Northeastern’s Summer 2023 PEAK Experiences Awards. They will be pursuing a diverse set of projects, including a study of a pathogen that haunts hospitals, an examination of segregationist rhetoric in Boston newspapers, and an analysis of creativity in music. Base Camp Awardees […]

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