Current Members

Kenny Kenneth Lyons

Kenny is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering working on human computer interfaces and prosthesis control. His overall research interests include electrophysiological signal acquisition and processing, the combination of human and machine learning, and their use for the control of computer and machine interfaces.

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Britt is a third year Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program and is currently studying hearing loss and human cognition. His work explores how to integrate behaviorally relevant biological models of hearing loss into modern prosthetic devices, with the hopes of improving the working performance of such devices, the quality of life for the users, and exploring the mind in the process.

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B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers State University, 2012

During her undergraduate career, Sarah held leadership positions in Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honor Society) and Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society).  She also contributed to the broader community, and her role as a student representative to the Rutgers Alumni Association earned her the Scarlet Award.  Following graduation, Sarah joined a technology consulting firm and worked as business/project management analyst for global life sciences clients.  Sarah gained valuable experience interfacing with client VPs and managing multiples teams in a dynamic environment.

Sarah is currently following her interest in human-robotics integration and physiology through Ph.D. research at U.C. Davis.  Her research project will combine surface electromyography and robotics to extend human capabilities in an extreme environment.  Sarah is a member of both RASCAL and HRVIP research groups.

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Ben is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He currently holds a fellowship with the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. He earned his B.S. in Engineering Science from Harvey Mudd College in 2010 and M.S. in Applied Math from Santa Clara University in 2016. His research interests include neuroengineering, robotics, dynamics, and controls.

Megan Shyr

Megan is currently pursuing a dual Ph.D./Master’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2016. She is interested in many biomedical-related engineering applications, and is currently focusing on health-related sensor technology.

Praveen Kumar Kolla

Praveen is a first year Master’s student in Computer Science.  He did his Undergraduate degree (2016) from IIT Guwahati, India in Computer Science and Engineering. he is currently working on a project to build in-home monitoring system for elderly people. It involves Face Recognition and Human Computer Interaction. His current research interest is Machine Learning.

Markham Anderson

Markham received a bachelor’s in linguistics and spent several years as a software engineer in industry before beginning his graduate degree in Computer Science. He is currently working in collaboration with RASCAL and the Center for Mind and Brain on assistive hearing technology with a focus on improving intelligibility of noisy speech.

Emily Foster

Emily is a Masters student with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She earned her B.S. in Applied Physics from Pacific Lutheran University in 2014 and has worked as an intern at Lockheed Martin between 2015 and 2016. Emily’s research and course studies have been geared towards biomedical devices. Her research interests include prosthesis, neuroengineering, human and machine interfaces, and robotics.

Rachel Muradian

Rachel is a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student. She is working on a project to develop a haptic feedback device to improve the ease of use and capabilities of prosthetics. Some of her research interests include prosthetics, neuroprosthetics, human-robotics interactions, and controls.