Our research focus is the development of control principles
for robot dynamics.
Demonstrating the effectiveness of these
ideas on actual hardware is fundamental, and we
are therefore aiming for a high "robot-to-student" ratio in our lab group.
Getting a real robot to "go" can be rewarding - but also challenging.
We aim for a mix of expertise in control, mechanical design, signal
processing, and computer algortihms within our group -- all toward
the goal of designing robotic devices that demonstrate high
reliability in noisy, real-world conditions.
For prospective graduate students :
Our research group is currently at comfortable size, but I am
always willing to consider exceptional new members who can complement
our current talents and interests. You are invited to contact
me if you are interested in studying robotics at UCSB.
However, if I do not respond to your inquiries, please do not feel
discouraged from pursuing admission at UCSB! I have received many
inquiries from prospective students since joining the
faculty at UCSB and am simply quite busy...
For undergraduates currently at UCSB : I hope to recruit
one or more undergraduate researchers to help develop robots for our
lab each Summer. Please feel encouraged to inquire about details.