Publications

Journal Articles

M. Plecnik and R. S. Fearing, 2017. “Finding Only Finite Roots to Large Kinematic Synthesis Systems,” Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 9(2): 021005. link

M. Plecnik, D. W. Haldane, J. K. Yim, and R. S. Fearing, 2017. “Design Exploration and Kinematic Tuning of a Power Modulating Jumping Monopod,” Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 9(1): 011009. link

D. W. Haldane, M. Plecnik, J. K. Yim, and R. S. Fearing, 2016. “Robotic Vertical Jumping Agility via Series-Elastic Power Modulation,” Science Robotics, 1(1): eaag2048. link

B. Tsuge, M. Plecnik, and J. M. McCarthy, 2016. “Homotopy Directed Optimization to Design a Six-Bar Linkage for a Lower Limb With a Natural Ankle Trajectory,” Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 8(6): 061009. link

M. Plecnik and J. Michael McCarthy, 2015. “Kinematic Synthesis of Stephenson III Six-bar Function Generators,” Mechanism and Machine Theory, 97:112-126. link

M. Plecnik and J. Michael McCarthy, 2015. “Controlling the Movement of a TRR Spatial Chain with Coupled Six-bar Function Generators for Biomimetic Motion,” Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 8(5): 051005. link

M. Plecnik and J. Michael McCarthy, 2015. “Design of Stephenson Linkages that Guide a Point Along a Specified Trajectory,” Mechanism and Machine Theory, 96(1): 38-51. link

M. Plecnik and J. Michael McCarthy, 2015. “Computational Design of Stephenson II Six-bar Function Generators for 11 Accuracy Points,” Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, JMR-15-1055, 8(1): 011017. link

M. Plecnik and J. M. McCarthy, “Numerical Synthesis of Six-bar Linkages for Mechanical Computation,” Journal of Mechanism and Robotics, 2014. link

Conference Papers

M. Plecnik and R. S. Fearing, 2017. “A Study on Finding Finite Roots for Kinematic Synthesis,” Proceedings of the ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Paper No. IDETC2017-68341, August 6-9, 2017, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. link

D. W. Haldane, M. Plecnik, J. K. Yim, and R. S. Fearing, 2016. “A Power Modulating Leg Mechanism for Monopedal Hopping,” Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ 2016 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, October 9-14, 2016, Daejeon, South Korea. link

M. Plecnik and R. S. Fearing, 2016. “Finding Only Finite Roots to Large Kinematic Synthesis Systems,” Proceedings of the ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Paper No. IDETC2016-60428, August 21-24, 2016, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. link

L. Wang, M. Plecnik, and R. S. Fearing, 2016. “Robotic Folding of 2D and 3D Structures from a Ribbon,” Proceedings of the IEEE 2016 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 16-21, 2016, Stockholm, Sweden. link

M. Plecnik and J. Michael McCarthy, 2015. “Synthesis of an Inverted Stephenson Linkage to Guide a Point Path,” 14th World Congress in Mechanism and Machine Science, Taipei, Taiwan, October 25-30, 2015. link

M. Plecnik and J. M. McCarthy, 2015. “Controlling the Movement of a TRR Spatial Chain with Coupled Six-bar Function Generators for Biomimetic Motion,” Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Paper No. DETC2014-47876, August 2-5, 2015, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. (Best Paper in Theoretical Kinematics) link

M. Plecnik and J. M. McCarthy, “Vehicle suspension design based on a six-bar linkage,” Proceedings of the ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Paper No. DETC2014-35374, August 17-20, 2014, Buffalo, New York, USA. link

M. Plecnik, J. M. McCarthy, and C. W. Wampler, “Kinematic synthesis of a Watt I six-bar linkage for body guidance,” Advances in Robot Kinematics, Springer International Publishing, 2014, 317-325. link

M. Plecnik and J. M. McCarthy, “Synthesis of a Stephenson II function generator for eight precision positions,” Proceedings of the ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Paper No. DETC2013-12763, August 4-7, 2013, Portland, Oregon, USA. link

M. Plecnik and J. M. McCarthy, “Dimensional synthesis of six-bar linkage as a constrained RPR chain,” New Trends in Mechanism and Machine Science, Springer Netherlands, 2013, 273-280. link

M. Plecnik and J. M. McCarthy, “Design of a 5-SS spatial steering linkage,” Proceedings of the ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Paper No. DETC2012-71405, August 12-15, 2012, Chicago, Illinois, USA. link

M. Plecnik and J. M. McCarthy, “Five position synthesis of a slider-crank function generator,” Proceedings of the ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Paper No. DETC2011-47581, August 28-31, 2011, Washington, D.C., USA. link

Theses

M. Plecnik, 2015. The Kinematic Design of Six-bar Linkages Using Polynomial Homotopy Continuation, Dissertation, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine.  Advisor: J. Michael McCarthy. link

M. Plecnik, Synthesis of Slider-Crank Four- and Six-Bar Mechanisms Using Toleranced Task Specification, Thesis, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2013.  Advisor: J. Michael McCarthy. link

M. Plecnik, Design of a Shape-Changing Rigid-Body Parabolic Light Reflector, Honors Thesis, University of Dayton, 2010. Advisor: A. P. Murray and D. H. Myszka. link