Maurizio Porfiri

Lab Manager:

Anna Sawulska

B.A., English Philology (American Studies), Maria Curie-Sklodowska University of Lublin, 2012

M.A., English Philology (American Studies), Maria Curie-Sklodowska University of Lublin, 2016


Brandon Behring

B.Sc., Mathematics, University of San Francisco, 2006

M.Sc., Mathematical Sciences, New York University, 2011

Ph.D. Mathematical Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2020

Research interests: collective behavior, dynamical systems, and networks

Daniel Alberto Burbano Lombana

B.Sc, Electronic Engineering, National University of Colombia, 2010

M.Sc, Industrial Automation, National University of Colombia, 2012

Ph.D., Control Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, 2015

Research interests: collective behavior, control theory, and networks

Agnieszka Truszkowska

B.Sc., Biotechnology, University of Belgrade, 2009

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University, 2014

Research interests: scientific computing and smart materials

Peng Zhang

B.Sc., Engineering Mechanics, Beijing Institute of Technology, 2011

M.Sc., Mathematics, Virginia Tech, 2014

Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech, 2016

Research interests: dynamical systems, fluid mechanics, and smart materials

Graduate Students:

Roni Barak Ventura (Ph.D. candidate)

B.Sc., Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, University of Rochester 2014

M.Sc., Biomedical Engineering, New York University, 2017

Research interests: dynamical systems, rehabilitation, and robotics

Alain Boldini (Ph.D. candidate)

B. Sc., Aerospace Engineering, Milan Polytechnic, 2015

M. Sc., Aeronautical Engineering, Milan Polytechnic, 2017

Research interests: dynamical systems, smart materials, and solid mechanics

Junchi Feng (M.Sc. student)

B.Eng., Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2020

Research interests: rehabilitation and robotics

Mert Karakaya (Ph.D. candidate)

B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2016

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, New York University, 2018

Research interests: animal behavior, dynamical systems, and robotics

Joseph Peltroche (M.Sc. student)

B.A., Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics, CUNY Queens College 2019

Research interests: control theory, dynamical systems, and robotics

Fabiana Sofia Ricci (M.Sc. student)

B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome 2019

Research interests: dynamical systems and rehabilitation

Raghu Ram Sattanapalle (Ph.D. candidate)

B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, Cardiff University, United Kingdom, 2016

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, New York University, 2018

Research interests: dynamical systems and public health

Simon Carrillo Segura (Ph.D. student)

B.Sc., Aerospace Engineering, Technical University of Madrid, 2017

M.Sc., THRUST Joint Master Program (Aerospace Engineering), KTH Royal Institute of Technology & University of Liege, 2020

Research interests: fluid mechanics, fluid-structure interactions, and solid mechanics

Ann M. Tirado Padilla (M.Sc. student)

B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico at Mayag├╝ez, 2017

Research interests: animal behabvior, dynamical systems, and fluid mechanics

Mohammad Tuqan (Ph.D. student)

B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, American University of Beirut, 2017

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, American University of Beirut, 2019

Research interests: collective behavior, dynamical systems, and robotics

Undergraduate Students:

Vrishin Soman

Research interests: animal behavior and dynamical systems

Yin Tian Chen

Research interests: human-computer interaction

Visiting Research Fellows:

Francesco Surano (Visiting student from Turin Polytechnic)

B.Sc., Physics, University of Torino, 2016

M.Sc., Physics of Complex Systems, University of Torino, 2018

Research interests: dynamical systems and complex networks

K-12 Teachers:

Horace Walcott

B.Sc., Pre-veterinary Studies and Animal Science, Tuskegee University, 1983

D.V.M., Tuskegee University, 1984

M.Sc., Public Health and Environmental Toxicology, Tulane University, 1993

M.Sc., Wild Animal Health, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, 1997

Research interests: underwater biomimetics and biomechanics, electrochemistry, and neuro-endocrinology

Group dissertations and theses:

Nicole Abaid

Ph.D. Dissertation: Fish, networks, and synchronization

Karl Abdelnour

Master Thesis: Design and analysis of a wireless powering system for ionic polymer metal composites towards hovering micro-swimmers

Matteo Aureli

Ph.D. Dissertation: Multiphysics modeling of ionic polymer metal composites for underwater applications

Filippo Cellini

Ph.D. Dissertation: Mechanoresponsive and thermoresponsive polymer sensors with applications in experimental mechanics and fluid mechanics

Youngsu Cha

Ph.D. Dissertation: Physics-based modeling of ionic polymer metal composites for underwater energy harvesting

Woojin Chae

Master Thesis: Flow measurement and thrust estimation of a vibrating ionic polymer metal composite

Giovanni Del Bufalo

Master Thesis: Fabrication, static characterization, and modeling of ionic polymer metal composites

Francesca Fiorilli

Ph.D. Dissertation: Control of complex networks: chaotic oscillators and animal grouping

Alberto Giacomello

Master Thesis: Underwater energy harvesting from a heavy flag hosting ionic polymer metal composites

Changsu Kim

Master Thesis: Closed-loop control of zebrafish behavior in three dimensions using a robotic stimulus

Vladislav Kopman

Master Thesis: Experimental characterization and modeling of free-locomotion of biomimetic robotic swimmers

Vladislav Kopman

Ph.D. Dissertation: Design, characterization, and modeling of underwater robots for ethorobotics

Mohammad Jalalisendi

Ph.D. Dissertation: Experimental investigation of fluid-structure interaction problems with applications to marine environments

Jeffrey Laut

Ph.D. Dissertation: Citizen-science based aquatic environmental monitoring using mobile robots

Raymond Le Grand

Master Thesis: A multi-mode interactive idevice application for control of a biomimetic robotic fish

Elisa Mancia

Master Thesis: Numerical analysis of the flow physics and thrust generation of a flapping ionic polymer metal composite foil towards the design of a biomimetic swimmer

Violet Mwaffo

Ph.D. Dissertation: Data driven modeling and analysis of zebrafish individual and social behavior

Matthieu Nadini

Ph.D. Dissertation: Analysis and inference in temporal networks, with application to epidemic spreading

Gianluca Notaro

Master Thesis: Design and realization of a miniature remotely controlled robotic fish based on ionic polymer metal composites

Christopher Pagano

Master Thesis: Development of a quadricopter for environmental flow observations

Paul Phamduy

Ph.D. Dissertation: Robotic fish to aid animal behavior studies and informal science learning

Alessandro Rovardi

Master Thesis: Particle image velocimetry study of vibrating ionic polymer metal composites in aqueous environments

Adel Shams

Ph.D. Dissertation: Failure mechanics of syntactic foams with applications to marine environments

Linfeng Shen

Master Thesis: Buckling of an ionic polymer metal composite pipe under axial compression

Gabriele Tagliavia

Ph.D. Dissertation: Micromechanics of syntactic foams: Viscoelastic behavior, elastic properties, mechanics of debonding, and moisture diffusion

Flavia Tauro

Ph.D. Dissertation: Fluorescent particle tracers for surface hydrology

Recent alumni and visitors (selected):

Dr. Nicole Abaid

Associate Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Elizmar Arriojas

Engineer, Fresh Direct

Dr. Matteo Aureli

Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno

Tiziana Bartolini

EIA consultant, AECOM, United Kingdom

Dr. Sachit Butail

Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb

Francesco Cappa

Post-Doctoral Associate, LUISS University, Italy

Nicholas Cavaliere

Engineer, NavAir

Dr. Filippo Cellini

Filippo Cellini, Associate Consultant, Lux Research Inc.

Dr. Youngsu Cha

Senior Reseracher, KIST, Korea

Mauro De Bellis

Development Engineer, Robert Bosch S.p.a., Italy

Dr. Pietro De Lellis

Assistant Professor, University of Naples "Federico II", Italy

Dr. Andrea Facci

Assistant Professor, University of Tuscia, Italy

Dr. Giacomo Falcucci

Assistant Professor, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

Dr. Francesca Fiorilli

Manager, Quantitative Risk Group, Santander, United Kingdom

Dr. Alberto Giacomello

Assistant Professor, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Emiliano Henry

Engineer, Fresh Direct

Changsu Kim

Graduate Student, University of Maryland, College Park

Hubert Kim

Graduate Student, Virginia Tech

Dr. Vladislav Kopman

Principal, Vkanix, Inc.

Elizabeth Krasner

Engineer, General Dynamics Electric Boat

Dr. Mohammad Jalalisendi

Mechanical Engineer, Cosentini Associates

Dr. Jeffrey Laut

Enterpreneur, Manifold Robotics

Dr. Stefano Marras

Researcher, International Marine Centre, Italy

Dr. Violet Mwaffo

Assistant Professor of Weapons, Robotics, and Control Engineering at United States Naval Academy

Dr. Shinnosuke Nakayama

Data Research Scientist, Stanford University

Dr. Eduardo Palermo

Assistant Professor, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Dr. Riccardo Panciroli

Assistant Professor, University Niccolo Cusano, Italy

Dr. Paul Phamduy

Senior Systems Engineer, Raytheon

Dr. Catherine N. Phan

Engineer, The Aerospace Corporation

Dr. Giovanni Polverino

Research Associate, The University of Western Australia, Australia

Sam Richmond

Intern, Manifold Robotics

Tommaso Ruberto

Graduate Student, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Dr. Adel Shams

Senior Product Engineer at Becton Dickinson, San Diego, CA

Dr. Gabriele Tagliavia

General Manager, Spotahome Development, Italy

Dr. Flavia Tauro

Assistant Professor, University of Tuscia, Italy

James Tsao

Undergraduate Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Yanpeng Yang

Ph.D. student, Tianjin University, China

Dr. Lorenzo Zino

Post-Doctoral fellow, University of Groningen, The Netherlands