Robotics PhD Candidate
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
I am a roboticist with almost a decade of experience blending the fields of robotics and computer science. Currently, I am a PhD candidate at MIT researching robust robotic manipulation methods with the vision of enabling household helpers. As a teaching assistant at MIT, I taught three undergraduate hands-on robotics laboratory courses and instructed two high-school autonomous vehicle classes. More recently, I lectured a mechanical engineering course on Dynamics at Olin College of Engineering. My passions extend outside research and education: at MIT I helped found a clean energy assessment center, developed an iOS app for people with vision impairment, and received a grant to install therapy lamps across campus.
I attained a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of California: Santa Cruz in 2012. I earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2014 and expect to complete my PhD in 2018.
|October 19, 2018||I will defend my thesis on reliably arranging objects using conformant planning. Event information|
|May 2018||My ICRA paper was accepted! I will be attending one of the world's largest robotics conferences in Brisbane, Australia.|
|April 2018||I participated in a student panel as part of the Race/Gender Imperative - a series put on by Anita Hill. Professor Nilanjana Dasgupta provides a fascinating talk about the effect of women experts and peers in STEM, which is followed by the student panel. Video link.|
|February 2018||I presented my Model AI assignment, titled "Robot Juggling", at AAAI in New Orleans, LA. You can see my project website here.|
|September - December 2017||I'm lecturing Dynamics at Olin College of Engineering this fall semester. Achievement unlocked: faculty member!|
|Summer 2017||I've been promoted to technical instructor for this year's Beaver Works Summer Institute. My added job responsibilities are mostly lecturing. Some of the videos will be hosted here.|
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|February - May 2017||I am a teaching assistant this semester for MIT's coolest robotics class: 6.141/16.405 Robotics Science and Systems. It's cool because a team of 6 students get a Traxxus-body car with an NVIDIA Jetson and a great suite of sensors. The RACECAR kits are available commercially here.|
|Janurary 2017||My journal paper with MIT MechE Daniel Preston was accepted to Applied Physics Letters. We created a new MEMS actuator using electrowetting.|
|Coming soon: 2012-2016||I'm still porting information from my previous website. Feel free to check out the old site in the meantime.|