Aaron Ames runs the Advanced Mobility Laboratory (AMBER Lab) as part of the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and the Department of Computing and Mathematical Science at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). In the AMBER Lab, he and his students hand-build and test bipedal robots and prosthetic limbs, and create the theory and the algorithms that govern how the robots walk. The goal is to achieve human-like robotic walking and translate that capability to robotic assistive devices as well as robots that can explore environments not accessible to humans—including Mars and beyond.
Ames earned his undergraduate degrees from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and his MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, he received the National Science Foundation CAREER award for his research on bipedal robotic walking and its applications to prosthetic devices. He also received the 2015 Donald P. Eckman Award, which recognizes an outstanding young engineer in the field of automatic control. For more information about Ames’s research and publications, visit bipedalrobotics.com.