Abriana Stewart-Height
PhD Student, ESE


Abriana Stewart-Height is a PhD student in Electrical & Systems Engineering (ESE) at the University of Pennsylvania, advised by Dr. Daniel E. Koditschek. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Recipient and Dr. William Fontaine Society Fellow. Prior to Penn, she received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Controls at the University of Maryland.


Abriana’s research focuses on how robots can adapt their locomotion to unanticipated changes in their surroundings and their physical morphology in unstructured outdoor environments. Currently, she is exploring tripedal dynamic locomotion in quadruped robots that encounter severe limb damage.


A. Stewart-Height, D. E. Koditschek, and M. J. Johnson, “Reimagining robotic walkers for real-world outdoor play environments with insights from legged robots: a scoping review,” Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, pp. 1–21, Jun. 2021.

A. De, A. Stewart-Height, and D. E. Koditschek, “Task-Based Control and Design of a BLDC Actuator for Robotics,” IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 2393–2400, Jul. 2019.