8th Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions
Brad Nelson is Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at ETH Zürich.
His primary research direction lies in extending robotics research into emerging areas of science and engineering, and his main research topics are in microrobotics and nanorobotics. He received a B.S. (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1984, an M.S. (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Minnesota in 1987, and the Ph.D. degree in Robotics (School of Computer Science) from Carnegie Mellon University in 1995. During these years he also worked as an engineer at Honeywell and Motorola, and served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana, Africa. In 1995 he became Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota in 1998, and Professor at ETH in 2002.
He has been awarded a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship and is a recipient of the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the McKnight Presidential Fellows Award, and the Bronze Tablet. He was elected as a Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Lecturer in 2003 has been a finalist for and/or won best paper awards at major robotics conferences and journals in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. He was named to the 2005 "Scientific American 50", Scientific American magazine's annual list recognizing fifty outstanding acts of leadership in science and technology from the past year for his efforts in nanotube manufacturing. His lab won the 2007 RoboCup Nanogram Competition, the first year the event was held.
Nelson serves on or has been a member of the editorial boards of the IEEE
Transactions on Robotics, the IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, the Journal
of Micromechatronics, the Journal of Optomechatronics, and the IEEE Robotics and
Automation Magazine. He has chaired several international workshops and
conferences, has served as the head of the Department of Mechanical and Process
Engineering from 2005-2007, and is currently the Chairman of the Board of
Directors of the ETH Electron Microscopy Center (EMEZ).