John  Z.  Zhang 


1723 Murray Avenue,

Pittsburgh, PA, 15217

I am a second‑year Master’s student in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University advised by Zac Manchester. My research focuses on simulation, control, and learning algorithms for contact-rich and high-dimensional robotic systems.

Previously, I received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2022, where I worked with Ye Zhao and Matthew Gombolay.

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selected publications

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    ReLU-QP: A GPU-Accelerated Quadratic Programming Solver for Model-Predictive Control
    In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (*equal contribution), 2024
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    SLoMo: A General System for Legged Robot Motion Imitation from Casual Videos
    John Z. Zhang, Shuo Yang, Gengshan Yang, Arun BishopSwaminathan GurumurthyDeva Ramanan, and Zachary Manchester
    In IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2023
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    Mediating between Contact Feasibility and Robustness of Trajectory Optimization through Chance Complementarity Constraints
    Luke Drnach*, John Z. Zhang*, and Ye Zhao
    In Frontiers in Robotics and AI (*equal contribution), 2021