Petar Ćurković

              Assistant Professor

                Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

                and Naval Architecture

                University of Zagreb



I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Robotics and Automation, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FMENA), University of Zagreb. Before joining FMENA, I was a postdoc in Hod Lipson’s Creative Machines Lab at Cornell University, and a researcher in Professor Jerbić’s group. Both Ph.D. and B.Sc. degrees I obtained in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zagreb.

My research interests are focused on the intersection of robotics and optimization. I am developing algorithms that are able to improve performance of the robots, through the optimization of their behavior and their design. A long term goal for my work is to get a robot that is fully designed, programmed, and manufactured in a continuos way by machines, without any human intervention.

To get more information about my work, publications, and scientometric data please visit my google scholar profile.

Recent Work

An example of my most recent work is the development and application of optimization algorithms for structural optimization of dynamically loaded structures. The idea is to optimize the shape of a robotic (or any other) part to meet a certain frequency profile. The figure below shows an initial structure (left) optimized to meet two randomly generated frequency profiles. Five eigenfrequencies were considered.

Initial structure                                    Frequency Profile 1                             Frequency Profile 2


Please contact me by mail: first name . last name @ fab . hr.