I completed a B.S./M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Applied Math from Johns Hopkins University (LIMBS lab) in 2010 and completed a Ph.D. program in ESE at Penn in Kodlab in 2017. I am currently a postdoc in the same lab through 2018.

I am co-founder and CTO of Ghost Robotics.

Quick links: CV_AvikDe,  Personal website, Follow on Twitter, Videos, Publications

Research Areas and Projects

Past Projects

  • Juggling — paddle juggling
  • Lateral perturbation recovery by a RHex robot (ESE650 final project, Sp 2012)
  • Applications of homology to processing laser data (with Qian Wu, Su 2011)
  • Finding optimal configuration space paths by variation of curves (MEAM620 final project, Sp 2011)


  • Robotics: Mobility — created/delivered roughly 25% of the curriculum
  • Robotics: Capstone — created/delivered roughly 50% of the curriculum
  • TA for ESE 201, ESE 512 (both Dynamical systems courses)

Awards & Honors

Selected research videos

Videos featuring my gaits co-produced by Ghost Robotics



Also listed with google scholar. Listed anti-chronologically in IEEE format for copy-and-paste convenience:

Preprints / under review

A copy of documents under review may be obtained from the author via private correspondence.



Abstracts, Posters, and Technical Reports


Invited Talks (excluding conference talks)