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Robert Platt

Associate Professor

Affiliate Faculty with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Robert Platt


Office Location

805 Columbus Avenue
526 Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC)
Boston, MA 02120

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Robert Platt, 435 ISEC
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

  • Perception, planning, and control for robotic manipulation


  • PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Robert Platt is an Assistant Professor in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences with an affiliation with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern. Prior to that, Professor Platt was a Research Scientist at MIT and a Robotics Engineer at NASA. He earned his PhD in Computer Science in 2006 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Most of Professor Platt’s work focuses on perception, planning, and control for robotic manipulation. He is particularly interested in the intersection between robotic perception and planning/control, with the goal of enabling robots to perform manipulation tasks robustly in the context of real-world perceptual uncertainties. This area of study is essential to performing robotic assembly or repair tasks, or simply grasping and lifting objects in everyday environments. In the future, he expects that robust robotic manipulation will enable a range of applications in the home, healthcare, factory or warehouse applications, hazardous environments, and military scenarios.