I am a mechanical engineering graduate student at the University of Michigan.
My research interests include robotics, dynamics, and controls with a specific focus on soft robots.
Currently, I am exploring data-driven methods for building models of soft robots
that are amenable to model-based control design techniques.
I am originally from Farmington Hills, Michigan and received a B.S. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University in 2013.
After graduating, I worked as a math teacher at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit before starting my graduate studies at Michigan in 2015.
- DIY ventilator design featured by the Michigan Engineering News Center (April 17, 2020)
To help address the ventilator shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I developed a makeshift ventilator prototype that can be assembled primarily from readily available hospital equipment and requires no custom fabrication of parts.
- Paper accepted to ICRA 2020 (January 21, 2020)
Our paper, "Emulating Duration and Curvature of Coral Snake Anti-Predator Thrashing Behaviors Using a Soft-Robotic Platform," by Shannon M. Danforth, Margaret Kohler, Daniel Bruder, Alison R. Davis Rabosky, Sridhar Kota, Ram Vasudevan, and Talia Y. Moore was accepted to ICRA 2020.
- Awarded the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding PhD Research (November 8, 2019)
This award from University of Michigan's College of Engineering seeks to recognized innovative research demonstrating a keen sense of creativity and inventiveness as well as impact on society. I received the Towner Prize for my research on the modeling and control of soft robots.