Ronald Fearing is a professor in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at Univ. of California, Berkeley, which he joined in Jan. 1988. He was Vice-Chair for Undergraduate Matters from 2000-2006, and is Vice-Chair for Graduate Matters (2016-present). His current research interests are in bioinspired milli-robotics, including jumping and crawling milli-robots, cooperative locomotion, rapid prototyping, and actuators. He has worked in tactile sensing, teletaction, dextrous manipulation, and parallel nano-grasping (gecko adhesion). He has a PhD from Stanford in EE (1988) and SB and SM in EECS from MIT (1983). He received the Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1991, and is the co-inventor on 18 US and international patents.
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