It is my pleasure to announce that Di Cao was chosen as a recipient of the JHU Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Creel Family Teaching Assistant Award for the 2020-2021 academic year. Congratulations!
Anoop Bhat conducted an outstanding summer research project on localizing weakly electric fish using a grid of electrodes, building on a published paper and published dataset in our lab. His project and outstanding presentation earned him first place in the 2020 REU LCSR Presentation Awards. He joins a long list of LIMBS Lab REU students to win or get second place at these awards.
Each year, the annual Dynamic Walking Conference continues to be one of my favorite conferences. An incredible mix of smart and creative people. Here I am rambling on about closing the loop on sensorimotor systems.
Congratulations to Robert Nickl, who defended his thesis today. Robert’s thesis, entitled “Spatial and Timing Regulation of Upper-Limb Movements in Rhythmic Tasks,” uses a virtual juggling paradigm to investigate multisensory control during rhythmic arm movements.
Here is Amanda discussing the merits of chasing little red dots as a means by which to get a PhD.
In a recent talk at the CMU Robotics Institute, I decided to give a quick impromptu demonstration of what it means to “stabilize an unstable system,” thereby making it easier to apply system identification. This was in relation to my presentation of my previous PhD student Manu Madhav’s paper:
M. S. Madhav, S. A. Stamper, E. S. Fortune, and N. J. Cowan. “Closed-loop stabilization of the jamming avoidance response reveals its locally unstable and globally nonlinear dynamics”. J Exp Biol, 216:4272-4284, 2013.
Shahin Sefati, Alican Demir, and Mert Ankarali (left to right, Hopkins gold regalia) were hooded today by ME Professor Louis Whitcomb (Yale regalia). Sadly, I am out of town and didn’t get to do it myself, but was very happy that my colleague and academic brother stepped up and did the honors for me!
As proof that the LIMBS lab has a friendly lab culture (maybe too friendly?), LIMBS members Alican Demir and Erin Sutton tied the knot on January 3, 2015. All joking aside, warm congratulations, Alican and Erin!
From right-to-left Jusuk Lee (graduated 2009), Alican Demir (will graduate 2014), Vinutha Kallem (graduated 2008), and Vinutha’s husband Pranava. What a great reunion!
Here are Vinutha and Jusuk in front of a million dollar door in Chicago: