Yizhar Or

Associate Professor
Full CV
Office: 407, DK


  • Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering, Technion – direct doctoral track, 2007.
  • B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Technion, summa cum laude, 2001.
  • B. Sc. in Education in Computer Science, summa cum laude, 2001.

Research Interests

  • Nonlinear dynamics and control systems
  • Geometric mechanics
  • Dynamics of low Reynolds number swimming in biological and bio-medical systems
  • Non-smooth dynamics of mechanical systems with intermittent contacts
  • Hybrid dynamical systems

Guest appointments

  • 2007-2009: Fulbright and Bikura Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Control and Dynamical Systems, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2007-2009
  • 2007: Short-term Post doctoral Scholar, Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute (RBNI), Technion

Awards and scholarships

  • Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship (2007-2008)
  • Bikura postdoctoral scholarship of the ISF (2007-2009)
  • Pnueli Prize for excellent Ph.D. thesis in Mechanical Engineering (2007)
  • Lev-Zion scholarship for excellent Ph.D students from peripheral areas (2005)
  • Ne'eman scholarship for excellent Ph.D beginners (2003)
  • Outstanding achievements scholarship, Technion’s Graduate School (2001)
  • Technion Award for Excellence in Teaching, awarded six times (2001-2007)
  • President’s Honor Student List for undergraduate students, each semester (1997-2001)

  • Y. Or and E. Rimon, “Computation and Graphical Characterization of Robust Multiple-Contact Postures in Two-Dimensional Gravitational Environments”, Int. J. of Robotics Research, 25(11): 1071-1086, 2006
  • E. Rimon, R. Mason, J. W. Burdick and Y. Or, “A General Stance Stability Test Based on Stratified Morse Theory with Application to Quasi-Static Locomotion Planning”, IEEE Trans. on Robotics, 24(3):626-641, 2008
  • Y. Or and R. M. Murray, “Dynamics and Stability of a Class of Low Reynolds Number Swimmers Near a Wall”, Physical Review E 79(4):045302, 2009
  • Y. Or and E. Rimon, “Analytic Characterization of a Class of 3-Contact Frictional Equilibrium Postures in 3D Gravitational Environments”, Int. J. of Robotics Research (in press)