How to Join our Group
New! (posted June 2015)
We are actively recruiting postdocs and graduate students this year!
Take a look at our postdoc advertisement on the wyss institute
Positions in Bio-inspired Engineering and Collective Intelligence
(scroll down a bit to see the ad). We are specifically interested in
two areas: Design of Novel Robot Swarms (robotics/ee/meche) and Insect
Collective Behavior (biology/compbio). Check out the ad for more
details on the positions and how to apply.
We will also be looking for graduate students this year. One
area of special interest is the design of novel robot systems (see our
prior work in kilobot swarm and termes robots), so if you are
interested in swarm robotics and have a background in electrical
engneering design, mechatronics, mechanical engineering, or general
robot design, we hope you will consider applying. But will also be
looking in all other areas as well, as described below. If you are
interested in our group, read the information below and apply!
First, thanks for your interest in our group!
Although we tend to be a small group, we are always looking for
creative and strong students and postdocs. We do lots of cool stuff,
spanning computer science, robotics, and biology. Our lab is committed
to having a diverse, interdisciplinary, team-oriented, and fun
Applying for Graduate School
About My Group: The main theme in our lab is
studying collective behavior, but we do both theory and hardware, and
both bio-inspired and collaborations with biologists. You can learn
more about what our projects look like by reading the selected
articles from our group and seeing the videos on
our youtube channel
I tend to have a
small group with no more than 6-8 people, and each graduate student
owns their own thesis project. Take a look at our website to see the
many current and past projects -- new project ideas come up every
year, especially as new people join.
About the Application Process: Our group admits
students for PhDs in CS (Artificial Intelligence) AM (Theoretical
Biology or Engineering Mathematics) EE (Systems and Control) and
Mat/ME (Robotics). It is important that you mention Radhika Nagpal
(and other faculty whose group you are interested in) in the faculty
of interest section. It is also very useful if your research statement
gives clear idea of your research interests and how they intersect
with ours. At Harvard we do a mix of admitting students to AI/Robotics
in general and to specific groups; helps if there are multiple groups
that you might like to join.
Contact: Finally, while email is nice, I do get a
lot! I don't mind receiveing emails with additional details, or just
to get your name on my radar. But it is unlikely I will be able to
reply. Rest assured, we consider ALL applicants, whether or not you
email me. And we do not consider who to admit until all of the
applications are in, generally in Jan/Feb.
Applying for Postdoctoral Positions
We occasionally have postdoctoral position openings,
directly with our group or with the Wyss Institute. We will put up
those advertisements on our website and advertise them through
robotics-worldwide mailing list. Feel free to email me if you feel
there is a really good match between your work and ours, and I will
try to get back to you if I can.
Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
employer and applications from women and underrepresented minorities
are strongly encouraged.