Congratulations to EPIC Lab PI, Dr. Aaron Young, on receiving the prestigious NIH Director’s New Innovator Award! Over the next five years, this grant will provide $2.3 million in funding to improve the intelligence of wearable robots for clinical populations, such as individuals with amputation, stroke, and others with locomotion impairments. You can check out the NIH program here and information about the grant awardees here. You can also read more about Georgia Tech College of Engineering awardees here and the School of Mechanical Engineering’s feature on Dr. Young here.
Applications are now open for a 3-year scholarship to work in the EPIC Lab, sponsored by X (formerly known as Google X). The X Scholarship is a brand-new program which fosters collaboration between X, the moonshot factory, and Georgia Tech to promote diversity in robotics, specifically at the Ph.D. level. X is a diverse group of inventors and entrepreneurs who build and launch technologies that aim to improve the human condition.
For more information and to apply, visit the link below. Priority will be given to applicants who submit proposals by Tuesday, March 15, 2022. However, the application portal will remain open until April 15, 2022.
Huge congratulations to Dr. Krishan Bhakta on successfully defending his dissertation titled “Improving intelligence of robotic lower-limb prostheses to enhance mobility for individuals with limb loss”!
Huge congratulations to Dr. Inseung Kang on successfully defending his dissertation titled “Adaptive User State Estimation for Assisting Human Locomotion Using Powered Hip Exoskeletons”! If you missed it, you can check out a recording of his presentation below.
Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Camargo, the first doctoral student to graduate from the EPIC Lab, on successfully defending his dissertation titled “Sensor Fusion Representation of Locomotion Biomechanics with Applications in the Control of Lower Limb Prosthesis”!
Congratulations to Pooja Moolchandani, M.S. on the successful defense of her thesis titled “Human intent for dynamic, rapid motions in unstructured environments”. Pooja is heading to New York City to begin a technology and analytics consulting position with KPMG.
Congratulations to both Jenny Leestma and Keaton Scherpereel on being awarded the NSF GRFP Fellowship! We are incredibly proud of both of you!
Congratulations to the EPIC Lab’s Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) team for winning the 2020 VIP Consortium Innovation Competition! Special shout-outs to undergraduates Ji Bok and Luke Donovan, as well as their graduate mentor, Krishan Bhakta, for all of their hard work in creating the video for the competition. To check out their video and to read more about the competition, see this article from the Woodruff School.
Congratulations to Jared Li, American Society of Biomechanics 3 Minute Thesis finalist and People’s Choice Award winner! You can check out Jared’s talk here.