Nicholas Szczecinski, Ph.D.
Dr. Gesa Dinges
Gesa completed a B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and an M.Sc. in Clinical and Experimental Neurosciences and a Dr. rer. nat. in Neurobiology at the University of Cologne, Germany. Now, as a Walter-Benjamin Postdoctoral Fellow, Gesa is investigating both how natural variability in biological load sensors affects strain measurements and how to integrate campaniform sensilla into insect-like robots.
Clarus completed a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, USA before joining the NeuroMINT Lab on day one in fall 2020. Now, as a third year PhD student, Clarus is interested in the interplay between mechanics and the nervous system and how insect structures can lead to robust locomotion. Clarus is currently working on developing a neurorobotic test platform modeled after Drosophila melanogaster.Clarus' Publications
Bohdan completed a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Micro- and Nanosystem Technology at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine before joining the NeuroMINT Lab in fall 2021. Now, as a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, Bohdan is interested in the neuromorphic computing of locomotion as well as in implementing control theory (e.g., impedance control) into insect-like robots. Bohdan is currently investigating the roles of positive and negative force feedback in locomotion.
Chloe completed a B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering at California University of Pennsylvania, USA before joining the NeuroMINT Lab in fall 2021. Now, as a second year Master's student in Mechanical Engineering, Chloe is interested in the direct assembly and tuning of dynamical neural networks for kinematics. Chloe is currently working on a multi-compartmental dendritic model that integrates noisy, redundant leg sensory input.
Sheldon completed a B.S in Physics at Gettysburg College, USA before joining the NeuroMINT lab in May 2023. Now, as a Master’s student in WVU’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Sheldon is interested in unsupervised learning within synthetic nervous system models. Sheldon is currently working to replicate the plasticity and stability of sensorimotor learning in the cerebellum of the electric fish.
Foster completed a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University, USA, joining NeuroMINT during his senior year spring 2023. Now, as a Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering, Foster is interested in compliant robotics and embodied synthetic nervous systems. Foster is currently working on integrating passive viscoelasticity into robot joints to mimic properties found in biological limbs for improved neural control.