Alex Schepelmann, Ph.D.

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I'm Alex Schepelmann, a Robotics and Computational Modeling Engineer in the Mechanisms and Tribology Branch at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

My passion is robotics, especially robotic systems and actuators. I hold a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, as well as a M.S. and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. My expertise includes the design, control, and actuation of legged robotic systems, optimization-based design and control of robotic actuation technologies with a focus on series elastic actuators, state-estimation, numerical optimization, machine learning, and real-time computer vision methods for obstacle avoidance in autonomous vehicles.

At Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute, I worked with Hartmut Geyer investigating legged systems. There, my research focused on the design and control of legged locomotion testbeds to evaluate decentralized swing-leg controllers, and the design and control of compact nonlinear springs for series elastic actuators. At Carnegie Mellon, I also completed a post-doctoral fellowship working with Howie Choset to help develop compact series elastic actuators for the CMU Biorobotics Lab and HEBI Robotics.

At Case Western Reserve University, I worked with Roger Quinn in the Center for Biologically Inspired Robotics Research. There, my research focused on creating real-time computer vision algorithms to enable autonomous vehicles to avoid obstacles.

I provide consulting services for businesses looking to integrate and deploy robotics technologies.

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An archival copy of my CMU student website can be found here.