EE Affiliated Prof. Brian Plancher Brings Robotics Innovation to Engineering Students

Learn how Professor Brian Plancher, an affiliated EE professor from Barnard College, is integrating cutting-edge robotics research and education into Columbia's Engineering program, fostering innovation and collaboration among students.

Xintian Tina Wang
June 10, 2024

Barnard College recently highlighted the groundbreaking work of Professor Brian Plancher, an affiliated Electrical Engineering professor at Columbia, who is revolutionizing the field of robotics for Barnard and Columbia students alike.

Professor Plancher's research focuses on developing advanced robotics technologies that can be applied in various real-world scenarios. By integrating robotics into the curriculum, he aims to provide students with hands-on experience and a deep understanding of the subject. As an affiliated EE professor at Columbia, Professor Plancher collaborates closely with Columbia's Electrical Engineering department, ensuring that students benefit from his expertise and innovative teaching methods. This collaboration has led to the creation of new courses and research opportunities, fostering a rich environment for learning and discovery.

Last month, the world’s leading experts in robotics gathered in Yokohama, Japan, for the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). A paper affiliated with Barnard’s Accessible and Accelerated Robotics (A²R) Lab took top honors. EE-affiliated Professor Plancher from Barnard College established the College’s A²R Lab in July 2022 and was thrilled about the recognition.

“We won for the automation category and were a finalist for the best student paper and best overall paper,” said Plancher. “So that is very, very exciting.”

The conference also featured four other papers from Barnard’s robotics lab. “To put this in context, 3,937 papers were submitted to the conference, 1,765 were accepted, and there were 12 categories of best paper awards,” explained Plancher. He emphasized that robotics conferences are crucial forums for presenting new research. Having five papers featured at ICRA, with one winning and two finalist spots, marked a significant achievement for the relatively young lab. The recognized research delved into the mathematical complexities and computational systems powering modern robots that walk, jump, and fly.

For more information, read the full article on Barnard's website.