Inventors of the Month - August 2016

This article was posted on: August 25, 2016

Pinhas Ben-Tzvi with William Rone, Wael Saab, Bijo Sebastian, and Eric Refour

Five inventions involving robotics

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Pinhas Ben-Tzvi, along with his co-inventors, graduate students William Rone, Wael Saab, Bijo Sebastian, and Eric Refour, as Inventors of the Month for August 2016 for five inventions disclosed to Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties Inc.:

  • “Haptic Robotic Glove Exoskeleton with Sensing and Force Feedback”
  • “Robotic Modular Leg Mechanism for Legged Mobile Robots”
  • “Discrete Modular Serpentine Robotic Tail Mechanism for Mobile Legged Robots”
  • “Roll-Revolute-Revolute Robotic Tail (R3RT) Mechanism for Maneuvering and Stabilization of Mobile Robots”
  • “Universal-Spatial Robotic Tail Mechanism”

five inventions by Pinhas Ben-Tzvi and his students


Photo of Dr. Pinhas Ben-TzviBen-Tzvi's current research interests are in robotics and intelligent autonomous systems, human-robot interactions, mechatronics, systems dynamics and control, mechanism design and system integration, and novel sensing and actuation. Application areas are varied and range from search & rescue on rough terrain to medical diagnostics, surgery, and therapy. In addition to this focus on innovation in robotics, Dr. Ben-Tzvi and his students take time to share their expertise and facilities to help K-12 students involved in FIRST Robotics competitions and other STEM outreach programs.

Ben-Tzvi is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the founding Director of the Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory (RML) at Virginia Tech. After earning his B.S. degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in 2000, he was an R&D engineer at General Electric Medical Systems Company developing medical diagnostic robotic and mechatronic systems. He went on to earn M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, in 2004 and 2008, respectively.

More information about his publications, research, and teaching is available at the RML website.

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