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The Robotics Laboratory at UCSB develops novel control for autonomous robots. Our primary focus is robot locomotion, where underactuation and stochasticity are key challenges, particularly:
   - supervised autonomy
   - legged locomotion
   - multi-limb mobility (e.g., climbing)
   - dexterous skating
   - lower-limb exoskeletons

Katie Byl, Principal Investigator. (link to ECE faculty profile).

Current Projects:
    . NSF CAREER - Robust Bipedal Locomotion
    . NSF NRI - Versatile Locomotion: from Walking to Dexterous Climbing with a Human-Scale Robot
    . Army ICB: Biomimetic Gecko-like Robot
    . Army Robotics CTA: Agile Locomotion with RoboSimian
    . UCSB: Agile/Robust Hopping on Rough Terrain
Recent Projects:
    . DARPA Robotics Challenge (Team RoboSimian, with JPL/Caltech)
         - youtube video of RoboSimian
    . Army ICB: Bio-Inspired Biped Robot Locomotion
    . Army Robotics CTA: Robust Flexible-spine Bounding
    . OSD: Autonomous System Interfaces ("RobotAcademy", with Toyon)
The Robotics Lab at UCSB is affiliated with:
the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Eng. (ECE),
the Dept. of Mechanical Eng. (ME), and
the Center for Control, Dyn. Sys. and Computation (CCDC).

[RoboSimian] Current Members:
   Katie Byl, PI
   Chelsea Lau
   Asutay Ozmen
   Giulia Piovan
   Fletcher Porter
   Samantha Samuelson
   Brian Satzinger
   Sepehr Seifi
   Sebastian Sovero
   Tom Strizic
   Nihar Talele
   Pat Terry

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We are not actively recruiting undergraduate and graduate researchers at this time; see "New Members" link at top left of page.
Katie's doctoral work was under that guidance of Prof. Russ Tedrake at the Robot Locomotion Group at MIT, with Neville Hogan as committee chair. As a postdoctoral fellow, Katie was researching microrobotic flapping-wing robots with Prof. Rob Wood at Harvard.