Frank Permenter

I'm a graduate student in the EECS department at MIT, where I'm a member of the Robot Locomotion Group, CSAIL, and LIDS. My advisors are Prof. Pablo Parrilo and Prof. Russ Tedrake.

In 2006, I received the Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Houston. In 2010, I received a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford.

From 2004-2007, I was a member of the guidance, navigation, and control flight software team for the International Space Station. During this time, I implemented algorithms that continuously regulate the flight attitude (orientation) of the space station, contributing to three official software releases.

From 2007-2011, I was one of the principal design engineers of Robonaut 2, a robotic astronaut developed by NASA's Johnson Space Center. Robonaut 2 flew to the International Space Station on the final flight of Space Shuttle Discovery, making it the first humanoid robot in space.

My current research interests include semidefinite programming and algebraic methods and their applications to robotics.


Publications and Preprints






frlib -- a pre-processing tool for SDP using techniques described here

spotless -- a parser for SOS optimization