Dmitry Berenson

Assistant Professor
Robotics Engineering Program
Computer Science Department
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Office: Atwater Kent Laboratories 124
Lab: Atwater Kent Laboratories 013
Office Phone: 508-831-5587
Email: dberenson [at]

I am looking for graduate and undergraduate students interested in research. Contact me by email if you're interested!

About Me

I received a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University in 2005, where I started my robotics work in Hod Lipson's lab. I went on to graduate from the Ph.D. program at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in 2011, where my advisors were Siddhartha Srinivasa and James Kuffner. While at CMU, I worked in the Personal Robotics Lab and completed interships at the Digital Human Research Center in Japan, Intel Labs in Pittsburgh, and LAAS-CNRS in France. In 2012 I completed a post-doc at UC Berkeley working with Ken Goldberg and Pieter Abbeel. In August 2012 I started as an Assistant Professor at WPI in the Robotics Engineering Program and Computer Science Department. I also founded the Autonomous Robotic Collaboration (ARC) Lab at WPI, which focuses on motion planning, manipulation, and human-robot collaboration.

Research Interests

My research focuses on creating algorithms that allow robots to interact with the world and collaborate efficiently with people. These general-purpose motion planning and manipulation algorithms can be applied to robots that work in homes, factories, and operating rooms. I am interested in all aspects of algorithm development; including creating efficient algorithms, proving their theoretical properties, validating them on real-world robots and problems, integrating them with sensing and higher-level reasoning, and distributing them to open-source communities. I draw on ideas in search, optimization, control theory, and topology to develop these planning algorithms and to prove their properties. I also seek to develop algorithms which can generalize to many types of practical tasks and application areas.

See the ARC Lab website for current projects and publications.

  • RBE 595/CS 525: Motion Planning — Spring 2013, Spring 2015
  • CS 534: Artificial Intelligence — Fall 2013, Fall 2014
  • RBE 3001 Unified Robotics III: Manipulation — C-term 2014, C-term 2015