My overarching research vision is to better understand embodied intelligence by creating new physical forms and analyzing how current digital forms are created. I pursue this vision through two branches: robot design and networked cultures. These two approaches combine to form a unified approach for more ethical embodiment both on and off-screen.
In robotics, my focus is on computational material robots -- robots with advanced functionality through the algorithmic design of their material properties. Robotics is traditionally the combination of three fields: mechanical engineering, computer science and electrical engineering. Recently, there has been more of a push to add a fourth field to the mix, material science, creating new material robots that use the embedded intelligence within their material properties to create new techniques. My goal is to create customizable computational material robotics so that given a task, robots can be autonomously designed, optimized and fabricated for any application. This has led me to create novel soft robotic manipulators and modular volumetric actuators, as well as explored the needed sensors and computation to allow for these robots to interact with their environment and be produced efficiently.
Novel metamaterial allows us to couple twisting with extension, creating simple yet strong actuationView Project
Soft grippers that are more robust and easier to control than their pneumatic counterparts. Basis for multiplexed manipulation and recycling-sorting robotsView Project
Modular volumetric actuators allow us to achieve independent voxel-based designsView Project
In media studies, my focus is on better understanding how one's digital identity is formed, especially when it's created by someone else. I draw from infrastructure studies, feminist studies and ethnographic methods to do this analysis, in the hopes of avoiding the current conflicts in identity creation from repeating in robotic design.
Using an autoethnographic reflection on my experiences on Jeopardy to better understand non-consensual image creationView Project
Constructing alternative legal frameworks for privacy by unpacking the metaphors we use for personal dataView Project
Stay tuned for more research!