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Matt Estrada

Matt is now a postdoctoral researcher at the BioRob lab at EPFL.

I was an undergraduate researcher for the summer of 2011 and worked on directional dry adhesives. In particular, I worked to: * Improve the precision and controllability of wedge machining * Streamline the secondary post-treatment process to improve the capability of our wedges * Conducted a series of experiments to record forces, images and video of the wedge machining process

I work on multimodal robots and outfitting free flyer robots with gecko inspired adhesion for our NASA ESI project.

You can find more on my personal website or LinkedIn .

September through March I am a visiting student at EPFL working with the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems.

Early inspiration includes vague memories of Stickybot on television during high school, videos of Raibert's first hopping robots from the late '80s, undergraduate research with the Biomimetic Robotics Lab at MIT, and a curiosity as to why biological systems often beat out robots when it comes to interacting with their environment.

Previous work also includes a summer abroad at the Italian Institute of Technology, helping out on the design of their iCub robot.

Research Interests

  • Multimodal robots
  • Dynamics
  • Applications for controllable adhesion
  • Perchable, micro-UAVs
  • Mechanism design
  • Embedded systems


  • ME112 Mechanical Systems Design with Prof. Mark Cutkosky (Winter 2016, Winter 2014)


Estrada, M., Jiang, H., Noll, Bessie., Pavone, M., and Cutkosky, M.R., "Force and Moment Constraints of a Curved Surface Gripper and Wrist for Assistive Free Flyers," 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (Accepted)

Estrada, M., Hockman, B., Bylard, A., Hawkes, Elliot Wright., Cutkosky, M., Pavone, M., "Free Flyer Acquisition of Spinning Objects with Gecko-Inspired Adhesives," 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation

Estrada, M.A., Hawkes, E.W., Christensen, D.L., and Cutkosky, M.R., "Perching and Crawling: Design of a Multimodal Robot," IEEE ICRA 2014. Best Conference Paper Finalist

Jiang, H., Pope, M.T., Hawkes, E.W., Christensen, D.L., Estrada, M.A., Parlier, A., Tran, R., and Cutkosky, M.R., "Modeling the Dynamics of Perching with Opposed-Grip Mechanisms," IEEE/ICRA 2014

Hawkes, E.W., Christensen, D.L., Eason, E.V., Estrada, M.A., Heverly, M., Hilgemann, E., Jiang, H., Pope, M.T., Parness, A., and Cutkosky, M.R., "Dynamic Surface Grasping with Directional Adhesion," IEEE/RSJ IROS 2013, Nov. 2013.

Chuah, M. Y., M. Estrada, and S. Kim, "Composite Force Sensing Foot Utilizing Volumetric Displacement of a Hyperelastic Polymer", Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on, Vilamoura, Portugal, IEEE, 10/2012.


Matthew A. Estrada
PhD Candidate Mechanical Engineering
Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab
418 Panama Mall
MERL Bldg 02-660, Rm 132
Stanford, CA 94305

My summer research blog can be found here

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