About Us

Our lab is part of the Computer Science Research Faculty, in Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Our lab is also part of the Harvard Wyss Institute for Bio-inspired Engineering, where we co-lead the Bio-inspired Robotics Platform. We are also affiliated with the Systems Biology Department and PhD program at Harvard Medical School.

How to get to our Lab

Address: 33 Oxford Street,Cambridge, MA 02138.
Our group is mostly in the Maxwell Dworkin Building (MD)
on the 2nd floor, on Oxford Street.Our robotics lab is in MD236.

(google map), (pdf map)

Summer 2014

Group Members

Radhika Nagpal
Kavli Professor of Computer Science
Office: MD 235
Phone: 617 496 6434
Email: rad@eecs

Assistant: Joanne Bourgeois
(MD 111a, jbourge@seas)

Michael Rubenstein
Research Scientist
Kilobot Project
Loc: MD 238

Monica Ortiz
Synthetic Biology
Loc: MD 238

Melinda Malley
Graduate Student
Loc: MD 238

Ben Green
Graduate Student
Applied Math
Loc: MD 238


Dr. Justin Werfel
Research Scientist
Wyss Institute
[co-leads Termes]

Raphael Cherney
Staff Engineer
Wyss Institute
[Educational Robotics]

Robotics: We work closely with the members of the Wyss Bio-inspired Robotics and Anticipatory Medical Devices Platforms, as well as several faculty in the NSF Robobees Project



PhDs and Postdocs:

Justin Werfel
PhD, 2006
Research Scientist,
Wyss Institute, Harvard.

Daniel Yamins
PhD, 2008
postdoc, MIT

Ankit Patel
PhD, 2008
Quantitative Trader,

Chih-han Yu
PhD, 2010
Appier, Founder

Nicholas Hoff
PhD, 2011
Researcher, BBN

William Tyler Gibson
PhD 2011
postdoc, CalTech

Spring Berman
Postdoc 2011-12
Asst. Professor
Arizona State Univ

Karthik Dantu
Postdoc 2011-13
Asst. Professor
SUNY Buffalo
Bor-rong Chen
Postdoc 2009-11
Software Engineer
Yong-lae Park
WyssFellow 2010-13
Asst. Professor
CMU Robotics Institute

Nils Napp
Postdoc 2011-14
Asst. Professor
SUNY Buffalo

Richard Moore
Postdoc 2012-14

Alex Cornejo
Postdoc 2012-14
Software Engineer
Oblong Ind.

Kirstin Petersen
PhD 2014
Max Planck Inst.
  • Master's Students:
    • Lucian Cucu (EPFL 2014, Self-Assembling Robots)
    • Raphael Cherney (EPFL 2012, Optic Flow Aerial Vehicles)
    • Adrian Cabrera (EPFL 2011, Collective Transport)
    • Jona Raphael (BU 2011, Wearable Hand Orthotic)
    • Harvard: Julius Degesys (2008), FX Williems (2007), Jimming and Winston Cheng (2005)
  • Undergraduates: Devin Carroll (2014), Max Kanwal (2014), Jao-ke Chin-Lee (2012), Rapheal Cherney (Olin, 2012), Jessica Wu, Olive Rappoli (WPI), Neena Kamath, Peter Bailis, Fiona Wood, KyuBok Lee, Susan Zheng (CMU), Noah Olsman (USC), Rebecca Belisle (Olin College),Sid Chandrasekhran, Svilen Kanev, David Robinson, Kristina Haller (MIT), Andrei Munteanu, Crystal Schuil, Matthew Valente
  • Other Group Members: Christian Ahler (Research Staff, 2012), Ernesto Martinez-Villalpando (co-advised postdoc), Chandana Paul (postdoc), Mirko Bordignon (Visitor, Univ of Southern Denmark), Ian Rose (grad student), Joe Barillari (grad student).


Some fun photos from our Picasa Albums

Summer Fun, 2014

Canoe Trip, 2013

In NAMIBIA, 2012

Japanese Tea Garden, 2011

May 2011

Lab Ski Trip, 2011

Museum of Science, 2011

Clam Bake, 2010

ICRA Competition 2010

Chih-Han Yu Thesis Defense, 2010