||My research interests are robot dynamics and control:
particularly, locomotion and manipulation. Example applications include
supervised autonomy, rough-terrain walking/running,
exoskeletons, and 3-axis control of flapping-wing flight.
Katie Byl received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical
engineering from MIT. Her research is in dynamic systems and control, with
particular interest in modeling and control techniques to deal
with the inherent challenges of underactuation and stochasticity
that characterize bio-inspired robot locomotion and manipulation
in real-world environments. Her research is currently funded in part by
DARPA's M3 program, the DARPA Robotics Challenge (with JPL), the Army's Institute for Collaborative
Biotechnologies (ICB) and Robotics CTA programs, an NSF CAREER award (2013), the Hellman
Foundation (2012), and an Alfred P.
Sloan Research Fellowship in Neuroscience (2011).
Katie has worked on a wide range of
research topics in the control of dynamic systems, including
magnetic bearing control, flapping-wing microrobotics,
piezoelectic noise cancellation for aircraft, and vibration
isolation for gravity wave detection, and she was once a
professional gambler on the now-infamous MIT Blackjack Team.