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.
Steven is studying the control and of flapping wing vehicles in cluttered and uncertain aerial environments.
James is developing a bio-inspired active vision system for 3D imaging with a single camera on micro-robots.
Physics of soft-robot locomotion on sandy terrain.
Flapping wing insects and robots may leverage mechanical resonance for energy efficient locomotion. Dennis is studying design principles for resonant flapping wing robots.
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 a masters student investigating mechanical designs for dynamic, resonantly actuated, flapping wing microrobots.
Manon is helping to develop a total-internal reflection system for measuring the contact dynamics of small running insects and robots.
Optimal control and path-planning for insect flight in complex environments.
Jhonathan is working with Daniel Ortiz on locomotion physics of soft-robots on sandy terrain.
Jeremy visited us from Taiwan