I am currently a PhD student at the University of Southern California (USC) studying Computer Science. At USC I am researcher in the Computational Learning and Motor Control (CLMC) Lab where I am advised by Stefan Schaal and Ludovic Righetti. My research has focused on optimal control methods for torque controlled robots.
Over the years, I have worked with a number of different robots including humanoids, quadrupeds, and mobile robots. Before USC, I recieved a B.S. and M.S. degree in Mechanical engineering and worked in the Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL). During this time, I had the opportunity to conduct an internship at HUBO Lab at KAIST in South Korea where I worked on developing both CAD and an online assembly / disassembly manual for the humanoid robot HUBO 2. At USC, I have worked with two hydraulically actuated Sarcos humanoids (Hermes and Athena) and have conducted research on optimization based control for balancing and walking. Recently, I also worked as an internship at Disney Imagineering where I was involved with developing control algorithms for a quadrupedal robot.
When I’m not working on research, I try to spend most of my time outdoors either hiking or rock climbing. Recently, I have been spending some of my time designing and machining different projects on my desktop CNC machine (Shapeoko 2).