I'm Patrick Varin,
a Computer Science PhD Candidate

Cambridge, MA


Bringing robots into the real world by designing efficient algorithms for planning, control and estimation.


Visiting Controls Researcher

Boston Dynamics


Building planning, estimation, and control techniques for dynamic behaviors on the Atlas humanoid robot.

PhD Candidate

Harvard University


Designing algorithms for planning, control, and estimation in the context of robotics.

Product Manager



Led teams of engineers, designers, and data analysts to build products across all Facebook interfaces. Teams incuded Notifications, Commerce and Ads, and News Feed

Teacher's Assistant

Olin College


Teacher's assistant for classes including: Modeling and Control, Real World Measurements, Signals and Systems, and Partial Differential Equations. Held supplemental lectures, office hours, and graded homework and quizzes.

Research Assistant

University of Notre Dame


Designed and built mechanical and software systems for hyper-realistic robotic mannequins for use with medical training--several patents submitted.

Research Assistant

University of Minnesota


Studied stability in a dynamic model of chemotaxis. Discovered new modes of colony formation in systems of bacteria and published results.

Research Assistant

Olin College

Studied the dynamics of angiogenesis and the effects of diabetes, obesity, and hypertension on blood vessel adaptation.


Computer Science PhD Candidate

Harvard University


Studying optimal control and reinforcement learning for robotics.

S.M. in Computer Science

Harvard University


Master of Science from Harvard University in Computer Science with a focus on robot control and estimation.

B.S. Engineering: Robotics

Olin College of Engineering


Olin College of Engineering Class of 2014. Graduated with a degree in Engineering with a concentration in Robotics.


A Comparison of Action Spaces for Learning Manipulation Tasks

(submitted) International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) - 2019

A Constrained Kalman Filter for Rigid Body Systems with Frictional Contact

Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR) - 2018

Invasion Fronts and Pattern Formation in a Model of Chemotaxis in One and Two Dimensions

SIAM Undergraduate Research Online - 2013