People

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Winter 2021 CHARM Lab Meeting (during Covid19 Pandemic)

Principal Investigator

Allison Okamura

Title:
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Email:
aokamura [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:aokamura [snail] stanford [period] edu
Phone:
650-721-1700
Address
Building 550, Room 107, 416 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-2203
Webpage:
School of Engineering profile
Personal webpage

Staff

Crystal Pennywelll

Title:
Administrator
Email:
crystal [period] pennywell [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:crystal [period] pennywell [snail] stanford [period] edu
Phone:
650-498-9887
Address
Building 560, Room 205, 424 Panama Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-2232

Postdocs and Research Scientists

Mine Sarac

Project:
Haptics
Education:
Ph.D in Perceptual Robotics, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy
MS in Mechatronics, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey
BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey
Email:
msarac [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:msarac [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Mine's Webpage

Fabio Stroppa

Project:
Software, Interfaces
Education:
Ph.D in Perceptual Robotics, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
MS in Computer Science Engineering, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
BS in Computer Science Engineering, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
Email:
fstroppa [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:fstroppa [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Fabio's Webpage

Caitlyn Seim

Project:
The Rehab Glove: Wearable Vibrotactile Stimulation for Stroke Rehabilitation
Education:
Ph.D in Human-Centered Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Email:
cseim [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:cseim [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Caitlyn's Webpage

Zhenish[bek] Zhakypov

Project:
TangiBall, a Reconfigurable and Multimodal Haptic Interface
Education:
Ph.D in Robotics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)
M.S. in Mechatronics Engineering, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey
B.S. in Electrical-Electronics Engineering, Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey
Email:
zhakypov [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:zhakypov [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Zhenish's Webpage?

PhD Students

Cara Welker

Project:
Rehabilitation Robotics
Co-advisors:
Scott Delp (Stanford) and Steve Collins (Stanford)
Education:
MS in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
BS in Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
BS in Chemical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
Email:
cgwelker [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:cgwelker [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Cara's Webpage

Margaret Coad

Project:
Design, Modeling, and Control of Vine Robots for Exploration of Unknown Environments
Education:
MS in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
BS in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Email:
mmcoad [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:mmcoad [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Margaret's Webpage

Sophia Williams

Project:
Needle Steering
Education:
BS in Engineering, Harvey Mudd College
Email:
sophiarw [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:sophiarw [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Sophia's Webpage

Cara Nunez

Project:
Wearable Haptic Interfaces and Perception
Education:
MS in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
International Engineering Program, University of Rhode Island
BS in Biomedical Engineering, University of Rhode Island
BA in Spanish, University of Rhode Island
Email:
nunezc [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:nunezc [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Cara's Webpage

Mike Salvato

Project:
Tracking for Haptic Devices
Co-advisor:
Jeannette Bohg (Stanford)
Education:
MS in Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS in Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Email:
msalvato [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:msalvato [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Mike's Webpage

Brian Do

Project:
Soft Robotics
Education:
MS in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
BS in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech
Email:
brianhdo [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:brianhdo [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Brian's Webpage

Zonghe Chua

Project:
Motor Learning and Training in Surgical Robotics
Education:
BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Email:
chuazh [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:chuazh [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Zong's Portfolio

Nathaniel Agharese

Project:
Soft Robotics in Search and Rescue Applications
Education:
BS in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
Email:
agharese [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:agharese [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Coming Soon

Negin Heravi

Project:
Haptic Textures
Co-advisor:
Jeannette Bohg (Stanford)
Education:
BS in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Email:
nheravi [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:nheravi [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Coming Soon

Kyle Tadao Yoshida

Project:
Soft Robotics for Haptics
Education:
BS in Bioengineering (Mechanical Track), Harvard University
Email:
kyle3 [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:kyle3 [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Kyle's Webpage

Catie Cuan

Project:
Coming soon.
Education:
BS, University of California, Berkeley
Email:
ccuan [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:ccuan [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Catie's Webpage

Jasmin Elena Palmer

Project:
Wearable Haptics
Education:
BS in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Email:
jasminp [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:jasminp [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Coming Soon

Rianna Jitosho

Project:
Motion Planning for Soft Robots
Education:
BS in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Email:
rjitosho [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:rjitosho [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
https://rjitosho.github.io/

Elizabeth Danielle Vasquez

Project:
Rehabilitation Robotics, Human-Centered Design for Under-Served Communities
Education:
BS in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Email:
vasqueze [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:vasqueze [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Coming Soon

Medical Students

Yousi (Josey) Oquendo

Project:
Robot-Assisted Surgical Training in a Complex Virtual Surgical Environment with Divergent and Convergent Force Fields
Education:
B.S.E. Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
M.S.E. Robotics Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
Email:
oquendoy [snail] stanford [period] edu -> mailto:oquendoy [snail] stanford [period] edu
Webpage:
Josey's Stanford Page

Visiting Scholars and Students

Thomas Daunizeau <>

Attach:thomas_daunizeau.jpg Δ Project:
Fulbright Fellowship to design novel artificial skins that have unique properties for grasping and manipulation (June 1-December 31, 2021)
Education:
PhD student with Sinan D Haliyo and Vincent Hayward at Sorbonne Université (UPMC)

Email:
daunizeau [snail] isir [period] upmc [period] fr -> mailto:%20daunizeau [snail] isir [period] upmc [period] fr
Webpage:
http://www.isir.upmc.fr/index.php?op=view_profil&lang=en&id=366&pageid=publi

Rotators, Undergraduate Researchers, High School Interns, Etc.

Spring 2021:
Bingxian (Kevin) Chen <bchen72@stanford.edu> - ME BioE student working with Caitlyn Seim on post-stroke hand function Bryce Huerta <bhuerta@stanford.edu> - undergraduate student working with Cara N. and Kyle on vibration display and perception
Steven Trinh <steventrinh@stanford.edu> - undergraduate student working with Cara N. and Kyle on vibration display and perception
Winter 2021:
Crystal Winston <cwinston@stanford.edu> - PhD rotator working with Kyle and Sophia on soft actuators
Andrew Kin Wei Low <akl5@stanford.edu> - MS student working with Cara N. on soft haptics
Bryce Huerta <bhuerta@stanford.edu> - undergraduate student working with Cara N. and Kyle on vibration display and perception
Steven Trinh <steventrinh@stanford.edu> - undergraduate student working with Cara N. and Kyle on vibration display and perception
Ellie Prince <ejprince@stanford.edu> - undergraduate student working with Brian on soft robotics

Collaborators

Dorsa Sadigh, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University)
Jeannette Bohg, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University)
Sean Follmer, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University)
Heather Culbertson, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Southern California)
Elliot Hawkes, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California San Diego)
Mac Schwager, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University)
Kara Flavin, M.D. (Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford University Medical Center)
Maarten Lansberg, M.D., Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford University Medical Center)
Mark Cutkosky, Ph.D. (Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University)
Monroe Kennedy, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University)
Steve Collins, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University)
Zac Manchester, Ph.D. (Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University)
Katsu Yamane, Ph.D. (Honda Research Institute)

Lab Alumni

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Past Lab Photos

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Lab Jobs

  • Lab data storage & backup (Google Drive) - Zonghe
  • Webmaster, software record management - Mike
  • COVID-19 lab scheduling - Fabio
  • Materials, COVID-19 supplies, and lab clean up - Mine
  • Mini shop coordinator (tools, Makerbots, UV laser cutter, Formlabs, Objet 3D printer management) - Kyle
  • Laser cutter in Shape Lab- approved users are Brian, Caitlyn, Sophia, Crystal
  • Lab safety coordinator, Building Evacuation Response Team (BERT) member - Catie
  • Meeting/events coordinator - Rianna
  • Outreach and social media coordinators - Brian, Nathaniel, Jasmin, Elizabeth
  • Lab tour/demo coordinator - N/A during COVID-19
  • Human subjects - Allison