Gravish·lab
Gravish
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lab


The science & engineering of
dynamic & dexterous movement
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego
(PI) Nick Gravish

ngravish@ucsd.edu

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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.


Education

  • Postdoctoral scholar at Harvard University (2013 - 2016)
    • School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
    • Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
    • Advisers: Robert J. Wood and Stacey A. Combes
  • Ph.D. in Physics at Georgia Tech (2008 - 2013)
    • Thesis: Collective dynamics of active and passive granular media
    • Minor: Mechanics of materials
    • Adviser: Daniel I. Goldman
  • B.S. in Physics at UC Santa Barbara (2001 - 2005)
    • Undergraduate Research Honors, 2004 & 2005

Post-doc

Glenna Clifton

glenna.clifton@gmail.com

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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.

PhD

Wei Zhou

wez237@eng.ucsd.edu

Wei is working on the design of low-mass legged robots for collective exploration in extreme environments.

Steven Chandler

gechandl@eng.ucsd.edu

Steven is studying the control and of flapping wing vehicles in cluttered and uncertain aerial environments.

Masters

James Lynch

jelynch@eng.ucsd.edu

James is developing a bio-inspired active vision system for 3D imaging with a single camera on micro-robots.

Daniel Ortiz

dhortiz@eng.ucsd.edu

Physics of soft-robot locomotion on sandy terrain.

Dennis Wu

dfw001@ucsd.edu

Flapping wing insects and robots may leverage mechanical resonance for energy efficient locomotion. Dennis is studying design principles for resonant flapping wing robots.

Shivam Chopra

s7chopra@eng.ucsd.edu

Shivam is working on self-excited piezoelectric actuators for robust and multi-modal (swimming, running, flying) locomotion in insect scale robots.

Mingsong Jiang

mij032@eng.ucsd.edu

Jason (Minsong) Jiang is a masters student investigating mechanical designs for dynamic, resonantly actuated, flapping wing microrobots.

Undergraduate

Manon Girard

Manon is helping to develop a total-internal reflection system for measuring the contact dynamics of small running insects and robots.

Siming Deng

dengsiming1995@gmail.com

Optimal control and path-planning for insect flight in complex environments.

Jhonathan Bituin

jbituin@ucsd.edu

Jhonathan is working with Daniel Ortiz on locomotion physics of soft-robots on sandy terrain.

Previous students

Jeremy Lu

jeremylu1995@gmail.com

Jeremy visited us from Taiwan