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-doctoral fellows

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.

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 developing new laminate-based technologies for bio-inspired robots.

Emily Lathrop

e1lathro@eng.ucsd.edu

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.

Masters

Sayan Mondal

samondal@eng.ucsd.edu

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 Lynch

jelynch@eng.ucsd.edu

James is studying the interaction between aerodynamic forces and compliant actuators in a dynamically scaled flapping wing robot.

Daniel Ortiz

dhortiz@eng.ucsd.edu

Bio-inspired soft-robots for locomotion within granular material.

Bowen Zhang

boz085@eng.ucsd.edu

Bowen is how bumblebees avoid looming obstacles as they navigate complex aerial environments.

Mengxi (Marcy) Ren

m5ren@eng.ucsd.edu

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.

Undergraduate

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

Siming Deng

dengsiming1995@gmail.com

Siming worked in our lab from 2017-2018. He is now pursuing a Master’s in robotics at Johns Hopkins University.

Dennis Wu

dfw001@ucsd.edu

Dennis worked as a research technician in the lab.