Bio-Inspired Robotics - Professor Mark Cutkosky, Stanford University

Professor Mark Cutkosky, Fletcher Jones Professor at Stanford University, will be visiting the School of Engineering. As part of his visit he will deliver a seminar entitled, "Bio-Inspired Robotics". Abstract and biography are given below.

Date & Time: 11:00, Friday, 29th July

Venue: Room 526, James Watt South Building


The lecture will cover recent work at Stanford University on bio inspired robots that fly, perch, climb and grasp objects under the sea. These include gecko like robots that have several remarkable properties that make it ideal for agility on vertical and overhanging surfaces.


Mark R. Cutkosky is the Fletcher Jones Professor in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. He joined Stanford in 1985, after working in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and as a design engineer at ALCOA, in Pittsburgh, PA. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985.

Prof. Cutkosky's research activities include robotic manipulation and tactile sensing and the design and fabrication of biologically inspired robots. He has graduated over 40 Ph.D. students and published extensively in these areas. He consults with companies on robotics and human/computer interaction devices and holds several patents on related technologies. His work has been featured in Discover Magazine, The New York Times, National Geographic, Time Magazine and other publications and has appeared on PBS NOVA, CBS Evening News, and other popular media.

Prof. Cutkosky's awards include a Fulbright Faculty Chair (Italy 2002), Fletcher Jones and Charles M. Pigott Chairs at Stanford University, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator award and Times Magazine Best Innovations (2006) for the Stickybot gecko-inspired robot. He is a fellow of ASME and IEEE and a member of Sigma Xi.

Prof. Cutkosky's laboratory and research can be found at:

First published: 28 July 2016