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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 in Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Robert Platt is an assistant professor at the Khoury College of Computer Sciences. He is also affiliated with Northeastern’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to joining Northeastern, Platt was a research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a robotics engineer at NASA.

Platt’s work primarily 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 robustly perform manipulation tasks 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. Platt expects robust robotic manipulation will have a range of future applications in the home, healthcare, factories or warehouses, hazardous environments, and the military.