People

faculty

Sam Burden

Sam Burden earned his BS with Honors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2008. He earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California in Berkeley in 2014, where he subsequently spent one year as a Postdoctoral Scholar. In 2015, he returned to UW EE (now ECE) as an Assistant Professor. Sam is broadly interested in discovering and formalizing principles of sensorimotor control.
links: website bio papers talks


PhD students

Ben Chasnov Ben Chasnov received his BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College in 2016. Working at the intersection of control theory, online learning and game theory, Ben focuses his research on the theory and design of multi-agent learning algorithms. The analysis of such algorithms is studied in the context of human/computer interaction, computational neuroscience and aerospace applications. Ben is a Maker at heart and, in his downtime, loves to tinker with food, drink, code and wires.
links: website

Amber Chou Amber Chou earned her BS in Biological Systems Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 2018 and her MS in Biological Systems Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 2020. She is now a PhD student in UW ECE. Amber is interested in robotics, control, and mechatronics.

Maneeshika Madduri Maneeshika Madduri received her BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2013 and her MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2015. She is a PhD candidate in UW ECE and is co-advised by Sam Burden and Amy Orsborn. Her interests lie in using brain-machine interfaces to understand the neural mechanisms of motor learning.

Joseph Sullivan Joseph Sullivan earned his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2016 and 2019, respectively; he is now a PhD student in ECE. Joseph is currently pursuing research projects related to legged robots, lower-limb prosthetic and assistive devices, and dynamical human-machine interactions.

Momona Yamagami

Momona Yamagami graduated magna cum laude from Rice University with a BS in Bioengineering in 2016. She is a PhD student in UW ECE, and is co-advised by Professor Kat Steele in the mechanical engineering department. She is interested in understanding movement impairment and improving rehabilitative technology for images/people with neurologic injury.
links: website


undergraduate students

Akhil Mandala Akhil Mandala is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington working with Joseph and Ben on developing sensorimotor games for demonstrating principles of human-machine interaction.
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Lauren Peterson Lauren Peterson is an undergraduate student studying Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Washington. She studies movement learning strategies in people with and without impaired movement in our group, and participated in an REU site at the Johns Hopkins University under the supervision of Prof Noah Cowan. Lauren is interested in signal processing, human/machine interaction, and reinforcement learning.


alumni – PhD

Bora Banjanin

Bora Banjanin earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2013. He returned as a PhD student in 2014 to the University of Washington. Bora’s research seeks to find principles of control in neuromechanical organisms, translate these principles to robots, and then leverage both approaches to improve dynamic human-machine interfaces.

Andrew Pace

Andrew Pace earned his BS in Engineering from Swarthmore College in 2009 and MS in Electrical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2012; he is now a PhD candidate in PhD in ECE. His research at Mines focused on control of wind turbines. Before coming to UW, he worked for a few years at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. His research interests include experimental robotics and nonsmooth systems.


alumni – MS

Jake Baldassini

Jake Baldassini previously worked for the US Coast Guard and studied at the Coast Guard Academy. His MS thesis, entitled “An Examination of the Effects of Deformable Foam Contact Surfaces on Robotic Locomotion”, was completed in 2017. He subsequently returned to active duty in the US Coast Guard.

Tianqi Li

Tianqi Li earned his BE in Mechanical Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotiong University in Xi’an in 2016. His master’s thesis focused on deadbeat control for legged robots. His research interests include locomotion, manipulation and robotic networks. He subsequently entered the ME PhD program at Texas A&M.

Shruti Misra

Shruti Misra obtained her BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2016, with a focus in Embedded Systems. During her time in the lab, she volunteered with and taught in the Pipeline Project. She subsequently entered the ECE PhD program at UW Seattle.

Yana Sosnovskaya

Yana Sosnovskaya previously studied at the State Marine Technical University in St. Petersberg, Russia. Her MS thesis, entitled “External Measurement System for Robot Dynamics”, was completed in 2017. She subsequently entered the ECE PhD program at UW Seattle.


alumni – postdocs

Tom Libby

Tom Libby received his doctoral and bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also the Technical Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Bio-inspiration in Education and Research (CiBER). In 2017, he joined UW as a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington Institute of Neuroengineering, where he worked in collaboration with Sam Burden in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Tom Daniel in Biology. He subsequently became a Senior Research Engineer at SRI International.

Ryan Robinson

Ryan Robinson was previously a researcher at ARL Adelphi working with Will Nothwang and earned his PhD at UMD. He was a postdoc in our group for a year, splitting his time between UW and ARL. He subsequently became an Engineer with the Attitude Determination and Control Team at Spaceflight Industries.


alumni – research scientists, research engineers

SeungHoon (Liam) Han

SeungHoon (Liam) Han earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2016. His master’s thesis focused on design and evaluation of a cable-driven haptic testbed for legged robots. He subsequently joined the bioengineering firm amyris as a mechanical engineer.

Darrin Howell

Darrin Howell earned his BS in Neuroscience from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2014. Following graduation, Darrin participated in two post baccalaureate research appointments in the biology and bioengineering departments at UW. Darrin served as a research scientist and lab manager from 2016 to 2018, helping to launch the AMP Lab and mentor two cohorts of AMP Fellows.


alumni – undergraduates

Alyssa Giedd Alyssa Giedd is an undergraduate student studying Applied Physics at the University of Washington working with Joseph on a spring mounted payload suspension system. She previously worked on developing a remote emulation of a controller for usage in quantification of motor defecits in individuals with cerebral palsy. She’s interested in robotic learning and control, dynamics of motion, and visual perception and processing.