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ESE PhD Student
Contact: soro at seas dot upenn dot edu
I am currently a second-year Electrical and Systems Engineering PhD student in Kod*lab, which is part of the GRASP lab at the University of Pennsylvania. I am interested in legged locomotion, biologically inspired (as opposed to biomimetic) robots, embodied cognition and biomechanics.
I graduated from Vassar College in 2010 with a B.A. in Cognitive Science where I worked under Prof. John Long building and experimenting with biologically inspired robots to test hypotheses about biomechanics and evolutionary biology. I also worked briefly for Prof. Nancy Ide on a natural language processing project.
Prior to coming to UPenn, I worked as a research technician on the Fly Olympiad Project at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus attempting to create a functional map of the Drosophila melanogaster brain.
Long, John H., Jr., Nicole Krenitsky, Sonia Roberts, Jonathan Hirokawa, Josh de Leeuw, and Marianne Porter. 2011. Testing Biomimetic Structures in Bioinspired Robots: How Vertebrae Control the Stiffness of the Body and the Behavior of Fish-like Swimmers. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 51 (1), pp. 158–175. (Journal)
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