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Ankur Mehta


Ankur Mehta is an Assistant Professor and Samueli Fellow in the Electrical Engineering department at UCLA.  Before joining the faculty, Prof. Mehta was a postdoctoral scholar at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratories, where he developed his printable robot compiler. Prior to that, he conducted research as a UC Berkeley graduate student in wireless sensor networks and systems, small autonomous aerial robots and rockets, control systems, and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).

A 3-DoF holonomic hexapod robot. Source: Ankur Mehta and Cagdas Onal
A 3-DoF holonomic hexapod robot. Source: Cagdas Onal

Though recent advances in design, fabrication, and programming technologies promise to enable rapid digital manufacturing of functional robotic systems, many challenges need to be addressed to realize the dream of fully functional print-on-demand robots. The creation of robotic systems requires expertise in diverse areas, including mechanics, electronics, software, and control theory. Contributions from all of these 
fields will be required to automate 
or greatly simplify direct robot fabrication.

This paper won the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine Best Paper Award at ICRA 2016.