Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi (SM IEEE) is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the founding Director of the Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory at Virginia Tech. His current research interests include robotics and intelligent autonomous systems, human-robot interactions, robotic vision and visual servoing, machine learning, mechatronics design, systems dynamics and control, mechanism design and system integration, and novel sensing and actuation. His research program has been supported by NSF, NIH, DARPA, ONR, USN, USAMRMC/TATRC, and NAVO.
He has authored and co-authored more than 160 peer-reviewed journal articles and refereed papers in conference proceedings and is the named inventor on at least twelve U.S. patents and patent applications.
Dr. Ben-Tzvi is the recipient of the 2019 Virginia Tech Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018 Virginia Tech Faculty Fellow Award, the 2013 GWU SEAS Outstanding Young Researcher and Outstanding Young Teacher Awards, as well as several other honors and awards. Dr. Ben-Tzvi is Technical Editor for the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Associate Editor for ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, and Associate Editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, and served as an Associate Editor for IEEE ICRA 2013- 2018. He is a member of the ASME.