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[Katie Byl] Katie Byl
[KAY-tee BILL]
katiebyl@ece.ucsb.edu
(805) 893-4924


Rm 5115 Harold Frank Hall
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation (CCDC)

Lab: 4150 Harold Frank Hall


Online Calendar, CV, our Robotics Lab website link

Recent Press

Our lab is working with JPL/Caltech in both the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC) and DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC).
Details can be found in: IEEE Spectrum and a youtube video of our lab's VRC experiences.

Convergence magazine: Robotic Renaissance article, featuring our lab.

Research

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.

Teaching

ECE 183 / ME 169 / PHYS 106 -Spring 2013 -Nonlinear Phenomena
ECE 147B -Winter 2013 -Digital Control
ECE 179D / ME 179D / ECE 594D -Fall 2012 -Robot Dynamics and Control
ECE 179D / ME 179D / ECE 594D -Spring 2012 -Robot Dynamics and Control
ECE 147B -Winter 2012 -Digital Control
ECE 238 -Fall 2011 -Advanced Control Design Lab
ECE 194D -Spring 2011 -Robot Dynamics and Control
ECE 147B -Winter 2011 -Digital Control
ECE 248 -Fall 2010 -Kalman and Adaptive Filtering
ECE 238 -Spring 2010 -Advanced Control Design Lab
ECE 594D -Winter 2010 -Robot Locomotion

Biography

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.