I attended college at
Washington University in St. Louis, where I received a B.S. in
mechanical engineering and minors in robotics and writing, and
obtained my M.S. in mechanical engineering at Tufts University.
My Master's thesis centered around crowdsourcing ways to control
soft robots. I worked with my IGERT advisors, Drs. Chris Rogers
and Barry Trimmer, in the Center for Engineering and Education
Outreach (CEEO) and in the Neuromechanics and Biomimetic Devices
Laboratory, respectively. Currently, I am pursuing my Ph.D. in
mechanical engineering at Tufts under Drs. Chris Rogers and William
Messner. I am looking at using the
Baxter Research Robot to help the elderly help the elderly
through the use of teleoperable, home-assistant robots.
I worked on a project to crowdsource control strategies for
soft robots. Users could log onto my website and sign up for a time
to control the Softworm, a soft-bodied, caterpillar-like robot. From
the data collected, we hoped be able to identify various locomotion
strategies for the robot in question. While the data we collected,
did not exactly match the data shown in the literature, we were able
to determine that with a large number of participants, crowdsourcing
for soft robots is possible.
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