Maurizio Porfiri

Lab Manager:

Chiara Spinello

B.Sc, Biological Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, 2015

M.Sc, Neurobiology, Sapienza University of Rome, 2017

Research interests: behavioral neuroscience and neurological disorders


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

Romain J. G. Clement

B.Sc., Biology, University of Burgundy, 2007

M.Sc., Behavioral Ecology, University of Burgundy, 2009

Ph.D., Behavioral Ecology, Humboldt University of Berlin, 2016

Research interests: animal behavior

Jeffrey Laut

B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, New York University, 2009

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2011

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, New York University, 2015

Research interests: control theory, underwater robotics, and unmanned aerial vehicles

Shinnosuke Nakayama

B.Sc., Marine Ecology, University of Kyoto, 2002

M.Sc., Marine Ecology, University of Kyoto, 2004

Ph.D., Marine Ecology, University of Texas at Austin, 2009

Research interests: animal behavior

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: fluid mechanics

Graduate Students:

Roni Barak Ventura (Ph.D. student)

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

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

Research interests: dynamical systems and rehabilitation

Alain Boldini (Ph.D. student)

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

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

Research interests: dynamical systems and smart materials

Jalil Hasanyan (Ph.D. student)

B.Sc., Mathematics, Virginia Tech, 2016

M.S. Mathematics, Virginia Tech, 2018

Research interests: dynamical systems and networks

Mert Karakaya (Ph.D. student)

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

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

Research interests: dynamical systems, mechatronics, and rehabilitation

Hannah Kurdila (Ph.D. student)

B.A., Mathematics, University of Virginia, 2013

M.S. Mathematics, Virginia Tech, 2018

Research interests: dynamical systems

Matthieu Nadini (Ph.D. student)

B.Sc., Physics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 2015

M2R, Physics of Complex Systems, Paris Diderot University, 2017

M.Sc., Physics of Complex Systems, Polytechnic University of Turin, 2017

Research interests: dynamical systems and complex networks

Raghu Ram Sattanapalle (Ph.D. student)

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

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

Research interests: dynamical systems and mechatronics

Zhe Wu (M.Sc. student)

B.Sc., Mechanical Design Manufacturing and its Automation, Tianjin University, China, 2015

Research interests: dynamical systems

Undergraduate Students:

Andy Louis Garcia

Research interests: rehabilitation and smart materials

Elizabeth Krasner

Research interests: human-computer interactions

Sam Richmond

Research interests: human-computer interactions

Maxwell Rosen

Research interests: dynamical systems and smart materials

Vrishin Soman

Research interests: dynamical systems

Visiting Research Fellows:

Yanpeng Yang (Visiting student from Tianjin University)

B.Eng., Mechanical Design Manufacture and Automation, North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power, 2013

Research interests: underwater robotics

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

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

Assistant Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Elizmar Arriojas

Engineer, Fresh Direct

Dr. Matteo Aureli

Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno

Tiziana Bartolini

Risk Management Technologist, Thames Water Utilities, 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

Research Associate, Advanced Science Research Center - City University of New York, New York

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

Quantitative Analyst, Quantitative Risk Group, Santander, United Kingdom

Dr. Alberto Giacomello

Assistant Professor, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Emiliano Henry

Engineer, Fresh Direct

Hubert Kim

Graduate Student, University of Maryland, College Park

Hubert Kim

Graduate Student, Virginia Tech

Dr. Vladislav Kopman

Design Engineer, Atair Aerospace, Inc

Dr. Stefano Marras

Researcher, International Marine Centre, Italy

Dr. Violet Mwaffo

Research Associate, University of Colorado, Boulder

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

Dr. Chekema (Keyma) Prince

Post-Doctoral reseracher, University of Waterloo, Canada

Tommaso Ruberto

Graduate Student, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Dr. Adel Shams

Senior Product Engineer at Becton Dickinson, San Diego, CA

Dr. Gabriele Tagliavia

Senior Manager, Operations Development, Amazon EU sarl, Luxemburg

Dr. Flavia Tauro

Assistant Professor, University of Tuscia, Italy

James Tsao

Undergraduate Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lorenzo Zino

Ph.D. student, Turin Polytechnic, Italy