Xiang Zhang

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Ph.D. candidate in Robotics at UC Berkeley

Email: xiang_zhang_98[at]berkeley[Dot]edu

Mechanical Systems Control (MSC) Laboratory

Mechanical Engineering Department

University of California, Berkeley

About me

I'm a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Robotics at the University of California, Berkeley. I work with Prof. Masayoshi Tomizuka in the Mechanical Systems Control (MSC) Laboratory.

My research interest lies in the interdisciplinary combination of robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and control theories with applications to robot skill learning, robot manipulation. and machine learning for robot control.

Here is my Curriculum Vitae.

Recent Activities

  • Jan 2023: Paper Learning Generalizable Pivoting Skills is accepted to ICRA 2023.

  • Sep 2022: Our paper Learning Generalizable Pivoting Skills is submitted to ICRA 2023.

  • May 2022: I start my research intern at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL).

  • May 2022: Our paper Safe Online Gain Optimization for Cartesian Space Variable Impedance Control is accepted by CASE 2022.

  • Feb 2022: Our paper Learning Insertion Primitives with Discrete-Continuous Hybrid Action Space for Robotic Assembly Tasks is accepted by ICRA 2022.

  • Sep 2021: Paper Learning Insertion Primitives with Discrete-Continuous Hybrid Action Space for Robotic Assembly Tasks is submitted to ICRA 2022.

  • Sep 2021: Our work about optimization-basd variable impedance control is presented at the VILC Workshop of IROS’21

  • Jun 2021: Our paper Online Learning of Unknown Dynamics for Model-Based Controllers in Legged Locomotion is accepted by RA-L

  • Feb 2021: Our paper Learning Variable Impedance Control via Inverse Reinforcement Learning for Force-Related Tasks is accepted by RA-L

  • Jan 2021: Our paper Feedback-based digital higher-order terminal sliding mode for 6-dof industrial manipulators is accepted by ACC’21

  • Aug 2019: I join Mechanical System Control Lab at UC Berkeley as a Ph.D. student!


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley, 2019 - 2024 (Expected)

    • Major: Controls        Minors: Robotics, Artificial Intelligence

    • GPA: 3.97/4.0          Advisor: Prof. Masayoshi Tomizuka

    • Research Interest: Robot Skill Learning, Robotic Manipulation, machine learning for robot control

  • B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 2015 - 2019

    • GPA: 3.83/4.3         Ranking: 1/60