Zilin Si
PhD Student, Carnegie Mellon University

Hello there! I am Zilin, a second-year PhD student in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. I am working on robot design and manipulation based on Delta robots and co-advised by Prof. Zeynep Temel and Prof. Oliver Kroemer. I did 2023 summer research internship with Dr. Chuang Gan at MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab.

I received my Master degree in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. I had a great time working in the RoboTouch Lab, supervised by Prof. Wenzhen Yuan. My research was about example-based tactile simulation and its sim-to-real applications.

Prior to my Masters, I completed my Bachelor degree in Computer Science at ShanghaiTech University. I worked with Prof. Laurent Kneip in Mobile Perception Lab as an undergraduate researcher; I also worked with Prof. Michael Kaess in Robot Perception Lab as RISS intern.

I enjoy climbing, cuddling cats and dogs, and dancing outside of work.


  • Robotic Manipulation
  • Mechanical Design
  • Tactile Sensing


Carnegie Mellon University
2022 - present
Ph.D. Robotics
RI Presidential Fellowship (2023-2024)
Carnegie Mellon University
2020 - 2022
M.S. Robotics
ShanghaiTech University
2016 - 2020
B.Eng. Computer Science
Graduated with honor!


Tilde: Teleoperation for Dexterous In-Hand Manipulation Learning with a DeltaHand, 2024, Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS)
Zilin Si* , Kevin Zhang* , Zeynep Temel , Oliver Kroemer
DIFFTACTILE: A Physics-based Differentiable Tactile Simulator for Contact-rich Robotic Manipulation, 2024, The Twelfth International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR)
Zilin Si* , Gu Zhang* , Qingwei Ben* , Branden Romero , Zhou Xian , Chao Liu , Chuang Gan
DELTAHANDS: A Synergistic Dexterous Hand Framework Based on Delta Robots, 2023, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L)
Zilin Si , Kevin Zhang , Oliver Kroemer , F. Zeynep Temel
RobotSweater: Scalable, Generalizable, and Customizable Machine-Knitted Tactile Skins for Robots, 2023, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
Zilin Si* , Tianhong Catherine Yu* , Katrene Morozov , James McCann , Wenzhen Yuan
MidasTouch: Monte-Carlo inference over distributions across sliding, 2022, The Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL)
Sudharshan Suresh , Zilin Si , Stuart Anderson , Michael Kaess , Mustafa Mukadam
Grasp Stability Prediction with Sim-to-Real Transfer from Tactile Sensing, 2022, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
Zilin Si , Zirui Zhu , Arpit Agarwal , Stuart Anderson , Wenzhen Yuan
ObjectFolder 2.0: A Multisensory Object Dataset for Sim2Real Transfer, 2022, Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)
Ruohan Gao* , Zilin Si* , Yen-Yu Chang* , Samuel Clarke , Jeannette Bohg , Li Fei-Fei , Wenzhen Yuan , Jiajun Wu
Efficient shape mapping through dense touch and vision, 2022, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
Sudharshan Suresh* , Zilin Si* , Joshua G. Mangelson , Wenzhen Yuan , Michael Kaess
Taxim: An Example-based Simulation Model for GelSight Tactile Sensors, 2022, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) with ICRA
Zilin Si , Wenzhen Yuan
Improving Grasp Stability with Rotation Measurement from Tactile Sensing, 2021, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
Raj Kolamuri* , Zilin Si* , Yufan Zhang , Arpit Agarwal , Wenzhen Yuan
Maximal Information Propagation with Budgets, 2020, European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI)
Haomin Shi , Yao Zhang , Zilin Si , Letong Wang , Dengji Zhao
Degeneracy Detection for RGB-D Odometry, 2019, Robotics Institute Summer Scholars Working Papers Journal
Zilin Si , Ming Hsiao , Michael Kaess