A brief biography
I was born on the east coast, raised in the midwest, and educated in Berkeley and Atlanta. At various times during my life, I’ve also lived in Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Africa. I am doing my graduate degree as part of Georgia Tech’s Neurolab. I am currently at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi with my advisor, trying to create the best biomedical engineering program in the world while building robots to take over said world.
I am interested in exploring the intersection between biology and robotics. I have been investigating the effects of sensory feedback on real and simulated nervous systems, and have begun doing some really cool experiments with the BioRob lab at EPFL. I am especially excited by the prospect of creating bioinspired medical devices – drawing on the best strategies for actuation and control that evolution has come up with – and applying them to create robotic medical devices that are more flexible, more robust, and more efficient than anything we are using today.
I am a hacker at heart, which goes hand in hand with the research I’m doing. As a result I’ve a created a bit of software, including FFXporter which was phenomenally successful in its prime. I also lead a revamp of the compute cluster for the NeuroLab, which included an exploration in hacking together a cloud on our shiny metal (but it didn’t work; it was too buggy). This site is run by WordPress on Ubuntu on the Elastic Compute Cloud, which makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
I consider myself a lapsed-vegetarian foodie. I deeply enjoy umami, and consequently love many cheeses and cured meats. In fact, there’s a page that describes my love of food. I like to dabble in cooking, but am inexperienced at making anything very good (although I have had great success with drying biltong in my computer cases).
I am a rock climber and adrenaline junkie. Thanks to my friends in the Neurolab, I returned to the sport in 2009 and have been wildly addicted to it ever since. I find climbing quite unique in the degree to which it pushes my mental limitations – whilst simultaneously taxing my muscles and skin to a high degree. Many climbs are a battle against fear, fatigue, and self-doubt while simultaneously trying to solve a physics problem; conquering such a climb can make you feel like a king. I have several albums of climbing photos online.