I am interested in movement dynamics in biology and robotics. I am driven by developing new methods for analysis and generation of locomotion using tools from robotics, computer vision, and physics.
Glenna comes to the gravishlab with a background in physics and organismal biomechanics. Glenna is studying the dynamics and control of high-speed legged locomotion in small insects (ants) to better understand the limitations of legged locomotion in small-scale systems.
Wei is working on the design of low-mass legged robots for collective exploration in extreme environments.
Shivam is working on self-excited piezoelectric actuators for robust and multi-modal (swimming, running, flying) locomotion in insect scale robots.
Jason (Minsong) Jiang is developing new laminate-based technologies for bio-inspired robots.
Emily is co-advised by Prof. Tolley. She is working on developing new soft-robotic technologies for robot mobility on granular and real-world substrates.
Sayan is studying the contact mechanics of high-speed running in milliscale organisms (ants). Using high-speed videography and a total-internal reflection surface he is visualizing the coordination of limb kinematics and adhesive engagement/disengagement.
James is studying the interaction between aerodynamic forces and compliant actuators in a dynamically scaled flapping wing robot.
Bio-inspired soft-robots for locomotion within granular material.
Bowen is how bumblebees avoid looming obstacles as they navigate complex aerial environments.
Marcy is working on a flexible, bio-inspired transmission system for flapping wing flight. Specificaly how to incorporate elastic elements into the robot airframe to minimize flight energetics.
Jhonathan is working with Daniel Ortiz on locomotion physics of soft-robots on sandy terrain.
Jeremy visited us from Taiwan
Siming worked in our lab from 2017-2018. He is now pursuing a Master’s in robotics at Johns Hopkins University.
Dennis worked as a research technician in the lab.