Pinhas Ben-Tzvi

Associate Professor

(540) 231-6938
465 Goodwin Hall – 0238
635 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061
bentzvi@vt.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, 2008
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, 2004
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, 2000
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465 Goodwin Hall – 0238 Marker-48

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  • Research

    • Autonomous mobile robots with symbiosis of mobility and manipulation and modular and reconfigurable mobile robotics for search &
    • rescue and hazardous environment sensing and monitoring
    • Design of intelligent biomimetic robotic tails for robust dynamic stabilization and agile maneuvering of mobile robots on rough terrain
    • Autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launch and recovery from naval vessels, and wireless telemetry systems for remote sensing
    • and monitoring in naval applications
    • Development and testing of co-operative scalable field robots for casualty extraction and evacuation in hazardous environments (e.g.,
    • disaster response; the aftermath of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) event)
    • Haptics devices and upper-extremity exoskeletons for robot control and rehabilitation therapy
    • Novel sensors and actuators for biomedical applications
    • Advanced medical devices and robotic systems for precision surgery

  • Professional Affiliations

    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    • Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS)
    • Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
    • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

  • Publications

  • Professional History

    • 2015–Present, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
    • 2014–2015, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, George Washington University
    • 2008–2014, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, George Washington University
    • 2008–Present, Founder and Director, Robotics and Mechatronics Lab (RML)
    • 2006–2008, Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto
    • 2006–2008, Consultant, Mobile Robots Division, Engineering Services Inc., Toronto, Canada
    • 2002–2008, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto
    • 2000–2002, R & D Mechanical Engineer, General Electric Medical Systems
    • 1998–2000, Research Assistant, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
    • 1993–1996, First Sergeant, Israeli Air Force Academy

  • Awards and Honors

      • 2013, IJCAS Academic Activity Award
      • 2013, GW SEAS Outstanding Young Researcher Award
      • 2013, GW SEAS Outstanding Young Teacher Award
      • 2012, IEEE Senior Member
      • 2011, COMSOL Best Paper Award
      • 2009, Pi Tau Sigma Faculty Honorary Membership
      • 2009, Feature Journal Publication, Sensors & Transducers Journal
      • 2008, Robotdalen Scientific Award, Honorable Mention, Eskilstuna, Sweden
      • 2008, Governor General’s Gold Medal Award of Canada – Finalist
      • 2007, Best Student Paper Award, IEEE ROSE
      • 2002–2008, University of Toronto Open Fellowship
      • 2000, Summa Cum Laude, B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering
      • 1998–2000, President’s Honors List Award, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
      • 1996–1998, Dean’s Honors List Award, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
      • 1998, Award of Outstanding Academic Achievements, Ministry of Education, Israel

  • Professional Leadership

    • 2011–Present, International Journal of Control, Automation and Systems, Associate Editor
    • 2013–2014, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Associate Editor
    • 2012–2013, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Associate Editor
    • 2013, IEEE International Symposium on Robotic and Sensors Environments, General Chair
    • 2012–Present, ASME Design Engineering Division’s Mechanisms and Robotics, Technical Committee Member
    • 2009, 2012, IEEE International Symposium on Robotic and Sensors Environments (IEEE ROSE), Technical Committee Co-Chair
    • 2008–2014, Technical Program Committee Member: IEEE ROSE 2008-2014; 2011 ASME/IEEE Int. Conf. on Mechatronics & Embedded
    • Systems & Applications (MESA 2011); 2011-2014 IEEE Int. Conf. on Mechatronics and Automation (ICMA 2014/2013/2012/2011); 2014
    • Robotics Science and Systems Conference (RSS); 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO 2014)