Welcome!

My name is João Luiz Almeida de Souza Ramos and I'm a Posdoctoral Associate at the Biomimetic Robotics Lab , at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

I received my PhD (2018) in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, working with Prof. Sangbae Kim at the Biomimetic Robotics Lab. In my PhD I developed dynamic whole-body telerobotic strategies that remotely couple a human operator and a legged robot via bilateral feedback.

I also received my B.Sc. (2010) and M.Sc. (2013) in Mechanical Engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (PUC-Rio), working on the design and control of dynamic systems, and particularly on an exoskeleton for human strength and endurance augmentation. I was as an exchange student at the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy (2009/2010).

About me

My dream is to build disaster response humanoid robots with skills that surpass those of humans. I'm simply amazed by the art inherent to robotic systems; to design and build clever mechanisms, and to exploit its dynamics to develop elegant control strategies to drive them!

My overall research insterests involve the design, manufacturing, and control of high-performance mechatronic systems such as the MIT HERMES robot, a bipedal robotic platform for disaster response and capable of power manipulation. I'm also interested in legged robot dynamics and control, mechanism design, and actuation systems.