Alex Alspach has been working and researching in robotics since the outset of his university career. While still in school, he spent time in Drexel University’s Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL) and South Korea’s Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) studying the manufacture and construction of their humanoid robot, HUBO. After graduating from Drexel, he spent two more years in Korea at SimLab in Seoul where he developed and marketed hardware and software tools for robotic manipulation research. While in Korea, he also worked with a professional production company to develop artists’ software tools for animating complex, constrained and synchronized robot motions. After that, he spent two years on “huggable” robots and various other systems at Disney Research in Pittsburgh. Now an engineer at Toyota Research Institute (TRI) in Cambridge, MA, Alex designs and fabricates soft systems for human-robot and environmental sensing and interaction.
Personal website: alexalspach.com