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Prof. Ben-Tzvi

Dr. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the founding Director of the Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory at Virginia Tech. He received the B.S. degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology in 2000 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, in 2004 and 2008, respectively. Before joining University of Toronto in 2002, he was an R&D engineer at General Electric Medical Systems Company developing medical diagnostic robotic and mechatronic systems. Dr. Ben-Tzvi's current research interests are in robotics & autonomous systems, mechatronics, dynamic systems and control, mechanism/machine design and system integration, and novel sensors and actuators. Examples of applications of his research include autonomous mobile robots with symbiosis of locomotion and manipulation and modular & reconigurable mobile robotics for search & rescue and hazardous environment sensing and monitoring; design of intelligent biomimetic robotic tails for robust dynamic stabilization and agile maneuvering of mobile robots on rough terrain; autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launch and recovery from naval vessels; haptics devices and upper-extremity exoskeletons for tele-operation and rehabilitation therapy; advanced medical devices and robotic systems for precision surgery; and novel smart sensors and actuators for biomedical applications. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and refereed papers in conference proceedings and is the inventor of 5 US patents and a Canadian patent. He is the recipient of the 2013 GW SEAS Outstanding Young Researcher Award and the 2013 GW SEAS Outstanding Young Teacher Award, as well as several other honors and awards including best paper awards and is active in the professional community, such as organizing conferences and workshops. Dr. Ben-Tzvi is s Technical Editor for the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics and the Associate Editor for the Int'l Journal of Control, Automation and Systems and served as an Associate Editor for IEEE ICRA 2013, 2014, and 2016. Dr. Ben-Tzvi is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ASME.


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Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (by courtesy)

Virginia Tech

College of Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Goodwin Hall, Room 465

635 Prices Fork Road (0238)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: 540-231-6938

Email: bentzvi<at>vt<dot>edu




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