The science & engineering of
dynamic & dexterous movement
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego

  • 1 September 2022

    We are happy to announce Prof. Gravish has been promoted to Associate professor.

  • 1 July 2022

    What a great Spring and Summer. We said goodbye to masters students Jordan Banh, Zhe Yong, Garam Kim, David Zhu, who all successfully defended their theses!

  • 3 June 2022

    Congratulations to Wei Zhou who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Design of oscillatory movement for ground-based locomotion and synchronized movement in bioinspired robotics.”

  • 23 May 2022

    We had a fantastic time at ICRA. James presented his paper at the conference and Curtis, Emily, Wei, and James presented posters at the “Challenges and Opportunities of Bio-inspired Design, Actuation, and Locomotion” workshop.

  • 9 February 2022

    First journal paper of the new year from Masters student Zhuonan Hao (now a PhD student at UCLA). ``Proprioceptive feedback design for gait synchronization in collective undulatory robots’’ in Advanced Robotics as part of the Adaptive Motion in Animals and Machines special issue. How to design adaptive feedback for undulatory robots to spontaneously synchronize their movements!

  • 31 January 2022

    Congratulations to James for his paper acceptance at ICRA, “Autonomous actuation of flapping wing robots inspired by asynchronous insect muscle”. See you in Philadelphia in Spring.

  • 27 January 2022

    Congratulations to both Mingsong (Jason) Jiang and Shivam Chopra for successfully defending their PhD theses! We wish them the best as they are off to bigger and brighter venues :)

  • 20 June 2021

    A great start to the Summer with two papers accepted in one week! Wei Zhou's paper was accepted to Physical Review X, and Henry Chang's paper to Bioinspiration & Biomimetics.

  • 20 June 2021

    We have just received a 4-year $1 million collaborative NSF grant “RAISE: Spring & Wings: Resonance in insect and engineered flight with synchronous and stretch-activated actuation” with the Agile Systems Lab at Georgia Tech.

  • 20 March 2021

    Prof. G has been awarded the NSF Career award through the Physiological and Structural Systems program to continue studying the exemplary locomotion of small insects.

  • 15 December 2020

    Two new preprints posted to Arxiv! One looking at the scaling of resonance in flapping “spring-wing” systems including analysis of robots and insects by James Lynch link. Second paper by Wei Zhou studying how contact interactions among oscillators causes synchronization which could help us build swarm systems that autonomously synchronize movements link.

  • 30 June 2020

    Three papers accepted on the same day! Congratulations to Jason and Wei for their IROS paper acceptances, and Wei's paper at Bioinspiration & Biomimetics.

  • 2 March 2020

    Congratulations to Glenna and Jason, both had papers accepted this last month. Glenna's work on legged locomotion on rough ground is accepted in Royal Society Open Science, and Jason's work on rapid prototyping soft robots is accepted the Soft Robotics journal!

  • 1 January 2020

    James and Glenna presented their work at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology and did a great job! Abstracts for James and Glenna are available on the web. Great start to the new year!

  • 15 September 2019

    We have just been awarded an NSF Emerging Frontiers Research Initiative (EFRI) grant as part of the soft robotics topic area! This is a four person collaboration with UCSD as the lead. Read more about the work here.

  • 28 July 2019

    Shivam's paper has been accepted to Smart Materials and Structures.

  • 20 May 2019

    I am excited to be speaking at the Workshop on Locomotion and Navigation from Flies to Robots at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics. Should be really fun! More info here.

  • 1 April 2019

    We were awarded an Innovative Research Grant from the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind. Thi initiates a collaboration between our lab and neuroscientist Dhruv Grover towards precision design of high-speed tracking optics for animal flight studies. Press announcement can be found here.

  • 28 September 2018

    We will be presenting Jason's paper “Sliding-layer laminates: a robotic material enabling robust and adaptable undulatory locomotion” at IROS 2018 in Madrid next week! PDF:

  • 1 August 2018

    We were awarded an NSF EAGER to study soft-robotic foot design for optimal locomotion on complex, flowable substrates. More info can be found here.

  • 25 June 2018

    Jacob's school of engineering had a recent feature on Prof. G's Bioinspired mobile robotics grad class. Details and video found here.

  • 12 February 2018

    Postdoc Glenna Clifton is awarded a $25,000 Chancellor’s Research Excellence Scholarship entitled “Locomotor patterns in diverse ecological habitats”. Congrats Glenna!

  • 3 November 2017

    Previous work from my post-doc getting the robobee to fly-swim-and fly again was published in Science Robotics. Learn more here and here

  • 18 April 2017

    Our workshop Robotics-inspired biology has been accepted to IROS (28% workshop acceptance rate!). This workshop will be a full day of active discussion among robotics and biology researchers to explore research at this interface.

  • 12 April 2017

    We have received funding from the Army Research Office for a postdoctoral position to study low-mass legged locomotion. Interested applicants can learn more here

  • 11 January 2017

    I will be giving the biomechanics seminar at UCSD MAE on 1-12-2017. Location, SME, Room 248. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

  • 24 October 2016

    Prof. Gravish will be giving a talk at UC Riverside on 10/31/2016.

  • 10 October 2016

    Looking forward to seeing the San Diego robotics community come together at the contextual robotics forum the end of this month (10/28/2016). Please join us if you can!

  • 1 July 2016

    The Gravish lab opened in the mechanical engineering department at UC San Diego.