Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Dept.
Director, AUTOLAB and CITRIS "People and Robots" Initiative
Founding Member, Berkeley AI Research (BAIR) Lab
Professor, EECS, College of Engineering, Art Practice, and School of Information, UC Berkeley
Professor, Radiation Oncology, UC San Francisco

4143 Etcheverry Hall
(510) 642-5484
E-mail: goldberg(at)

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"At the Automation Sciences Lab, my students and I are advancing research in robotics and automation with projects in medical robotics, networked telerobotics, automated manufacturing, and new media artforms."


Ken Goldberg is an artist, inventor, and UC Berkeley Professor. He is Chair of the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department, with secondary appointments in EECS, Art Practice, the School of Information, and Radiation Oncology at the UCSF Medical School. Ken is Director of the CITRIS "People and Robots" Initiative and the UC Berkeley AUTOLAB where he and his students pursue research in geometric algorithms and machine learning for robotics and automation in surgery, manufacturing, and other applications. Ken developed the first provably complete algorithms for part feeding and part fixturing and the first robot on the Internet. Despite agonizingly slow progress, Ken persists in trying to make robots less clumsy. He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications and eight U.S. Patents. He co-founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. Ken's artwork has appeared in 70 exhibits including the Whitney Biennial and films he has co-written have been selected for Sundance and nominated for an Emmy Award. Ken was awarded the NSF PECASE (Presidential Faculty Fellowship) from President Bill Clinton in 1995, elected IEEE Fellow in 2005 and selected by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for the George Saridis Leadership Award in 2016. He lives in the Bay Area and is madly in love with his wife, filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain, and their two daughters. He is fiercely protective of his family, his students, and his frequent-flier miles. ( @Ken_Goldberg)


  • Medical Robotics
  • Algorithmic Automation
  • Geometric Algorithms
  • Internet Applications and Collaborative Filtering
  • Art Practice


Sample of Ken Goldberg's Recent Publications

Ph.D. Theses Supervised

  • Dr. Ben Kehoe. Cloud-Based Algorithms and Architectures for Robotic Grasping with Uncertainty. UC Berkeley ME Dept, Dec 2014.
  • Dr. Siamak Faridani. Models and Algorithms for Crowdsourcing Discovery. UC Berkeley IEOR Dept, Dec 2012.
  • Dr. Timmy Siauw. Integer Programs for High Dose Rate Brachytherapy Needle and Dose Planning that Directly Optimize Clinical Objectives. UC Berkeley, CEE Dept, Dec 2012.
  • Dr. Ephrat Bitton. Geometric Models for Collaborative Search and Filtering. UC Berkeley IEOR Dept, May 2011.
  • Dr. Jeremy Schiff. Structured Tracking for Safety, Security, and Privacy: Algorithms for Fusing Noisy Estimates from Sensor, Robot, and Camera Networks. UC Berkeley EECS Dept, Aug 2009.
  • Dr. Ron Alterovitz. Planning and Optimization Algorithms for Image-Guided Medical Procedures. UC Berkeley IEOR Dept, Aug 2006.
  • Dr. K. Gopal Gopalakrishnan. Algorithms, Models, and Metrics for the Design of Fixtures using Part Concavities. UC Berkeley IEOR Dept, Aug 2005.
  • Dr. Dezhen Song. Systems and Algorithms for Collaborative Tele-Operation. UC Berkeley IEOR Dept, Aug 2004.
  • Dr. Mike Tao Zhang. Optimal Design of Self-Aligning Robot Gripper Jaws. UC Berkeley IEOR Dept, 2001.
  • Dr. Hadi Moradi. Force Based Assembly Planning and Grouping For Compiling Assembly Plans. USC Computer Science Dept, 1999.
  • Dr. Jeff Wiegley. Sorting Convex Polygonal Parts Without Sensors On A Conveyor. USC Computer Science Dept, 1998.
  • Dr. Richard Wagner. Strut Fixtures: Modular Synthesis and Efficient Algorithms. USC Computer Science Dept, 1997.
  • Dr. Dukhun Kang. Efficient Learning of RISC Sensor-Based Manipulation Plans. USC Computer Science Dept, 1995.
  • Dr. Kyeonah Yu. Loading Sensor-Based Fixtures with Compliant Motions. USC Computer Science Dept, 1995.
  • Dr. Anil Rao. Algorithmic Plans for Robotic Manipulation. 1992 USC Electrical Engineering Dept, 1992.