Yandong Ji

I am a PhD student at UC San Diego with Prof. Xiaolong Wang.

Before that, I was a visiting researcher at MIT CSAIL with Prof. Pulkit Agrawal. I received an MEng in Mechnical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2022 advised by Prof. Koushil Sreenath, and BEng in EECS from Nankai University in 2021 in close collaboration with Prof. Juanjuan Zhang.

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I am interested in robotics, machine learning and reinforcement learning.

sym Expressive Whole-Body Control for Humanoid Robots
Xuxin Cheng*, Yandong Ji*, Junming Chen, Ruihan Yang, Ge Yang, Xiaolong Wang

paper / project page

Humanoid robot tracking root movement and expression goal with whole-body controller.

sym Learning to See Physical Properties with Active Sensing Motor Policies
Gabriel B. Margolis, Xiang Fu, Yandong Ji, Pulkit Agrawal
Conference on Robot Learning, 2023

paper / project page

Learn to see how terrains feel by collecting self-supervised data with information-maximizing motor skills.

sym DribbleBot: Dynamic Legged Manipulation in the Wild
Yandong Ji*, Gabriel B. Margolis* , Pulkit Agrawal
International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2023

paper / project page / MIT homepage spotlight

Dynamic object manipulation with legs using onboard computation and sensing.

Hierarchical reinforcement learning for precise soccer shooting skills using a quadrupedal robot
Yandong Ji*, Zhongyu Li*, Yinan Sun, Xue Bin Peng, Sergey Levine, Glen Berseth, Koushil Sreenath
IROS, 2022, (Best RoboCup Paper Award Finalist)
project page / arXiv / TechXplore

Honing soccer shooting skills in the real world

Reinforcement Learning for Collaborative Quadrupedal Manipulation of a Payload over Challenging Terrain
Yandong Ji, Bike Zhang, Koushil Sreenath
project page

A decentralized payload manipulation system in simulation

Evaluation of lower leg muscle activities during human walking assisted by an ankle exoskeleton
Wei Wang, Jianyu Chen, Yandong Ji, Wei Jin, Jingtai Liu, Juanjuan Zhang
IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 2020

Systematic evaluation of exoskeleton assistance performance based on EMG metrics



ICRA 2024, RA-L 2023, Soft Robotics 2023, IROS 2022, 2023

Designed and sourced code based on Jon Barron's website.