Associate Professor, Computer Science Department, Rutgers University
Amazon Scholar, Robotics AI, Inc.



Research Area: Robotics

I work at the intersection of robot planning, learning and perception. I am interested in designing practically efficient algorithms that make robots solve tasks in the real-world in a way that allows to argue about properties and the conditions under which the methods work. Some of the problems that  my group is currently working on include:

  • integrated perception and planning tools for manipulation with applications in domains, such as logistics, manufacturing and service robotics;
  • learning to plan and control for systems with significant dynamics, including for compliant, under-actuated and soft robots, which relate both to manipulation (e.g., soft adaptive hands) and locomotion (e.g, tensegrity robots for space exploration);
  • dealing with combinatorial challenges in manipulation that arise from coordinating multiple robotic arms or dealing with multiple objects in cluttered scenes.
Short Bio

Kostas Bekris is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University in New Jersey and an Amazon Scholar with the Amazon Robotics AI team since 2019. He is working in algorithmic robotics, where his group is developing algorithms for robot planning, learning and perception especially in the context of robot manipulation problems. Applications include logistics and manufacturing with a focus on taking advantage of novel soft, adaptive mechanisms. His research has been supported by NSF, DHS, DOD and NASA, including a NASA Early Career Faculty award.


He moved to Rutgers University in 2012 after serving as Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). He received his Ph.D in Computer Science from Rice University in 2008 under the guidance of Prof. Lydia Kavraki under the topic of Informed Planning and Safe Distributed Replanning under Physical Constraints. He received his BS in Computer Science from the University of Crete, Greece in 2001.