Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab


Morgan Pope

I am a PhD candidate working on Multi-Modal Robots. My activities have focused around Jumpgliding, Perching, and combining flying, perching, and climbing in the Stanford Climbing and Aerial Manuevering Platform (SCAMP).

Research Interests

  • Multimodal robots
  • Small flying vehicles
  • Mechanical computer-world interfaces
  • Bio-inspired robots
  • Embedded systems


  • ME 210: Introduction to Mechatronics
  • ES 181: Thermodynamics (Harvard)


Pope, M.T., Thomas, J.T.., Jiang, H., Estrada, M.A., Kerst, C.F., and Cutkosky, M.R. “Scaling Considerations for Dynamic Perching on Smooth Vertical Surfaces using Onboard Sensing.” In preparation.
Pope, M.T., Kimes, C.W., Jiang, H., Hawkes, E.W., Estrada, M.A., Kerst, C.F., Roderick, W.R.T., Han, A.K., Christensen, D.L., and Cutkosky, M.R. “Robust Perching and Climbing Using Microspines on Vertical Outdoor Surfaces.” IEEE Transactions on Robotics. In revisions.
Hawkes, E.W., Christensen, D.L., Pope, M.T., and Cutkosky, M.R. "One Motor, Two Degrees of Freedom: Leveraging Dynamic Response for State Control." IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. Accepted.

Jiang, H., Pope, M.T., Estrada, M.A., Edwards, B., Cuson, M., Hawkes, E.W., Cutkosky, M.R., "Perching Failure Detection and Recovery with Onboard Sensing," IEEE/RSJ IROS 2015 (preprint).

Thomas, J., Loianno, G., Pope, M.T., Hawkes, E.W., Estrada, M.A., Jiang, H., Cutkosky, M.R., and Kumar, V. (2015). "Aggressive Flight for Perching on Inclined Surfaces," ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 2015

Thomas, J., Loianno, G., Pope, M.T., Hawkes, E.W., Estrada, M.A., Jiang, H., Cutkosky, M.R., and Kumar, V. (2015). "Planning and Control of Aggresive Maneuvers for Perching on Inclined and Vertical Surfaces," ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, 2015

Pope, M. T., Desbiens, A. L., Christensen, D. L., Hawkes, E. W., & Cutkosky, M. R. (2014). Design principles for efficient, repeated jumpgliding. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 9(2), 25009. doi:10.1088/1748-3182/9/2/025009

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.

Lussier-Desbiens, A., Pope, M.T., Berg, F., Ern Toh, Z., Lee, J. and Cutkosky, M.R., "Efficient Jumpgliding: Theory and Design Considerations," IEEE ICRA 2013 (preprint)

In the news

New approach to perching gets some coverage: SlashGear, DigitalSpy, TechInsider, ZeeNews, Mashable, Gizmodo, The Verge, TechXplore,, SeriousWonder. Original post on IEEE Spectrum

This New York Times article covers our quadrotor perching collaboration with UPenn and reviews a lot of other cool related projects in the lab.

PopSci and Gizmodo have some good coverage on our collaboration with the University of Maryland.

Gizmag has one of the best articles on our first Jumpgliding prototype. These articles at Inhabitat and The Tech Journal cover the same basic territory, while this article at refers to our later publication.



Morgan T. Pope
PhD Candidate Mechanical Engineering
Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab
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MERL Bldg 02-660, Rm 132
Stanford, CA 94305

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