Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch

Chair and Professor of Mechanical Engineering

2145 Sheridan Road

Tech B290

Evanston, IL 60208-3109

(847) 467-5451
kmlynch( at )northwestern.edu


Ph.D. Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

B.S.E. Electrical Engineering (with honors), Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Research Interests

Motion planning and control for robotic manipulation and under-actuated systems; decentralized control of multi-robot systems; physical human-robot interaction

Significant Recognition

  • Society of Automotive Engineers Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, 2007
  • Early Career Award in Robotics and Automation, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2001
  • McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science Teacher Of The Year Award, 1998-1999
  • NSF Career Award, 1998

Significant Professional Service

  • Senior Editor of IEEE Transactions on Robotics

In the Classroom

Professor Lynch has developed the course ME 333 Introduction to Mechatronics to teach students the interdisciplinary fundamentals of interfacing sensors and actuators with a computer. The course attracts students from mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, biomedical engineering, and other fields. Professor Lynch has also constructed the undergraduate Mechatronics Design Laboratory to support student projects in the design and construction of microprocessor-controlled electromechanical systems. This laboratory supports ME 333 as well as other courses, including ME 224 Experimental Engineering, projects in Engineering Design and Communication, the annual Robot Design Competition (DC), and independent projects.

Professor Lynch has also developed the new graduate courses ME 449 Robotic Manipulation and ME 450 Geometry in Robotics.

Selected Publications

  • Lynch, Kevin M.; Ryu, Ji-Chul; Ruggiero, Fabio, “Control of Nonprehensile Rolling Manipulation: Balancing a Disk on a Disk”, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, (2013)
  • M Hwang, M Elwin, P Yang, R Freeman, and K Lynch, “Experimental validation of multi-agent coordination by decentralized estimation and control”, in Networking Humans, Robots, and Environments, Bentham Publishing, (2013)
  • Lynch, Kevin M.; Neveln, Izaak D.; Bai, Yang; Snyder, James B.; Solberg, James R., “Biomimetic and bio-inspired robotics in electric fish research”, Journal of Experimental Biology, (2013)
  • Vose, Thomas H.; Turpin, Matthew H.; Dames, Philip M.; Umbanhowar, Paul; Lynch, Kevin M., “Modeling, design, and control of 6-DoF flexure-based parallel mechanisms for vibratory manipulation”, Mechanism and Machine Theory, (2013)
  • Schearer, Eric M; Liao, Yu-Wei; Perreault, Eric J; Tresch, Matthew C; Lynch, Kevin M, “Optimal sampling of recruitment curves for functional electrical stimulation control.”, Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference, (2012)
  • Vose, Thomas H.; Umbanhowar, Paul; Lynch, Kevin M., “Manipulation with vibratory velocity fields on a tilted plate”, IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, (2012)
  • Lynch, Kevin M.; Gregg, Robert D.; Dhaher, Yasin Y.; Degani, Amir, “On the mechanics of functional asymmetry in bipedal walking”, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, (2012)
  • Lynch, K. M.; Ryu, J. C.; Ruggiero, F., “Control of nonprehensile rolling manipulation: Balancing a disk on a disk”, Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2012 IEEE International Conference on, (2012)

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