Jiarui Li

PhD Student at MIT LIDS & CEE


Walt Disney World, 2023

I am a PhD student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), affiliated with the Zardini Lab in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), where I am fortunate to be advised by Prof. Gioele Zardini. Before joining MIT, I obtained my Bachelor of Engineering in Robotics Engineering from the College of Engineering at Peking University. Last year, I worked as a visiting student in the Computational Robotics Group, advised by Prof. Heng Yang at School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Harvard University.

My research interests encompass a range of topics, including complex and interconnected system design, autonomous decision-making problems, multi-agent systems and game theory.


Jun 14, 2024 Happy to share that I received the (NAE) Grand Challenges Scholar Award and the Honor Graduates Award (Bachelor’s) from Peking University.
Feb 16, 2024 Honored to share that I received the Schoettler Fellowship from MIT CEE.
Sep 28, 2023 Thrilled to announce that the paper Sequential Manipulation Planning for Over-actuated Unmanned Aerial Manipulators on aerial manipulation at IROS 2023 won the Best Paper Finalist Award on Mobile Manipulation! Looking forward to presenting it at IROS!
Sep 20, 2023 Happy to announce that I have received the Chinese National Scholarship (top 0.2% among all the Chinese undergrads) for 2023.
Jul 03, 2023 Hello Boston! Grateful to be advised by Professor Heng Yang to start working as a visiting undergraduate researcher at the computational robotics research group at the SEAS, Harvard University.
Jun 22, 2023 Two papers Sequential Manipulation Planning for Over-actuated Unmanned Aerial Manipulators and Aggregating Single-wheeled Mobile Robots for Omnidirectional Movements accepted to 2023 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2023).
Jun 16, 2023 One paper L³F-TOUCH: A Wireless GelSight with Decoupled Tactile and Three-axis Force Sensing accepted to IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L).