Disney Research

Darrin Bentivegna received a Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004. He received the M.S. degree in Space Systems from Florida Institute of Technology in 1995 and the B.S. degree in Vocational Education from Valdosta State University in 1986. He is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Carnegie Mellon University. His research includes methods that give robots the ability to learn movement skills and strategies from observing humans, provides them the ability to increase performance through practice, and explores control methods that give robots compliant, human-like, movements.

Darrin aggressively pursued his interests in robotics after serving in the U.S. Navy as a Submarine Navigation Electronic Technician onboard two nuclear ballistic missile submarines and numerous support commands. While perusing the Ph.D. he worked as an Intern Researcher at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, Department of Humanoid Robotics and Computational Neuroscience, Kyoto, Japan. After receiving his degree he became a System Scientist at CMU and he continued to contribute to ATR as a visiting researcher where he consulted with Honda Research to give the Asimo humanoid robot unique capabilities. He also served as the Director of Research and Development at Seegrid Corporation where he coordinated with business partners to develop automated industrial robot solutions.

Area of research: Darrin has an interest in many areas of humanoid, industrial, commercial, and entertainment robotics such as intelligent control, computer vision, and machine learning. He is also skilled in the process of moving technology from research to industrial applications.