Nelson Rosa

  • Assistant Professor; Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering Department


Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Stuttgart, 2020

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2018

B.E. Engineering Sciences, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, 2006

B.A. Engineering Sciences (with a focus in Computer Engineering), Dartmouth College, 2005

Research Interests

Nelson Rosa’s broader research interests include hybrid dynamical systems, embedded/computer systems, algorithmic design, robotics, and legged locomotion.


Apr. 2021-Mar. 2023

  • Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


Google Scholar Citations

N. Rosa and K. M. Lynch, “A topological approach to gait generation for biped robots,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 38, pp. 699–718, Apr. 2022.

N. Rosa, M. Raff, and C. D. Remy, “Simple motions as templates for generating gait spaces of robophysical systems,” in American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting, (Chicago, Illinois, USA), Mar. 2022.

N. Rosa and K. M. Lynch, “Extending equilibria to periodic orbits for walkers using continuation methods,” in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Sept. 2014.

N. Rosa and K. M. Lynch, “The passive dynamics of walking and brachiating robots: Results on the topology and stability of passive gaits,” in Nature-Inspired Mobile Robotics: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, July 2013.

N. Rosa, A. Barber, R. D. Gregg, and K. M. Lynch, “Stable open-loop brachiation on a vertical wall,” in IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 2012.


Robotics, mechatronics, software engineering, and dynamics