Jonathan Weisz, a computer science PhD candidate at Columbia Engineering, has been named the recipient of the inaugural Morton B. Friedman Memorial Prize for Excellence.
Named after the beloved professor and senior vice dean who was an integral part of Columbia Engineering for nearly 60 years, the prize honors undergraduate and graduate students who exemplify “Mort’s” legacy of academic excellence, visionary leadership, and outstanding promise for the future.
The Morton B. Friedman Memorial Prize for Excellence is awarded periodically to an undergraduate or graduate student who best exhibits Professor Friedman’s characteristics of academic excellence, leadership, and outstanding promise.
Weisz’s work at the Columbia University Robotics Group, led by Computer Science Professor Peter K. Allen, advances real-time grasp planning through brain-computer interfaces. He has developed code for a range of robotics platforms spanning research and industry and published several papers at peer-reviewed conferences. His research with Allen has included measures of grasp stability under uncertainty, “human-in-the-loop” grasping, and data-driven hand design optimization. He also helped manage integrating the various components of the Robotics lab’s grasping platform, arm trajectory planning, vision, grasp planning, and tactile sensing.