Welcome to our lab! We do research that spans computer science, robotics, and biology in many different ways. Our members come from many disciplines including applied math, CS, EE, ME and biology. Our lab is committed to having a diverse, creative, interdisciplinary, team-oriented, socially-minded, nurturing and fun environment. 

Outreach and Lab Tours: We are delighted to do lab tours for groups that are focused on broadening participation in robotics and STEM for under-represented groups. If you are interested in tours about engineering at Harvard, Kathryn Hollar's office at SEAS runs some great programs. You can find more by emailing outreach [at] seas.harvard.eduHow to get to our Lab: Address: 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Our main group space and lab is in the Maxwell Dworkin Building on the 2nd floor (MD 238 and MD236). (google map)

Lab Members

Radhika Nagpal

Radhika Nagpal
Fred Kavli Professor of Computer Science
Core Faculty, Wyss Institute 
Office: MD 235
Assistant: Joanne Bourgeois
(Pierce 318, jbourge@seas harvard edu)

Melinda MalleyJulia EbertFlorian BerlingerJordan KennedyBahar HaghighatHelen McCreeryBilly KoechPaula Wulkop

  • Melinda Malley, PhD Student, Robotics-MechE, MD 238,
  • Julia EbertPhD Student, Robotics-CS, MD238
  • Florian BerlingerPhD Student, Robotics-CS, MD 238,
  • Jordan Kennedy, PhD Student, MechE-Bio, MD238
  • Bahar Haghighat, Postdoc, Robotics-EE, MD238
  • Helen McCreery, James S. McDonnell Fellow, Biology, MD238
  • Masters and Undergraduate Researchers (2019-2020): Paula Wulkop (ETH Masters), Jeremy Wanner (EPFL Masters), Billy Koech (Harvard EE Senior), Lucas Guzman (Harvard CS Senior), Georgina Gemayel (USC), and Candice Chen (Harvard).


  • Prof. George Lauder (Harvard) [BioRobotics]
  • Prof. Simon Garnier (NJIT) [Social Insects]
  • Prof. L. Mahadevan (Harvard) [Biophysics]
  • Root Robotics @ iRobot: Ziv Dubrowsky, Raphael Cherney, and others.
  • Former Lab Members: Prof. Mike Rubenstein (Northwestern), Prof. Jeff Dusek (Olin College), Dr. Justin Werfel (Wyss Institute)
  • Prof. Rob Wood, Harvard MicroRobotics Lab [Co-lead Wyss Institute BioRobotics]
  • Dr. Mishu Dudata, UMinn and Prof. Zeynep Temel, CMU [Robotics]
  • Prof. Nancy Lynch (MIT) and Prof. Anna Dornhaus (Univ. of Arizona) [Theory/Social Insects]
  • Prof. Scott Turner (SUNY Syracuse) [Social Insects].


Our lab has progeny! Our alumni include 12 faculty (Cornell, Northwestern, Olin, Stanford, MIT, Bristol, etc ), two startups (Appier, RootRobotics), and several engineers (Google, Apple, Amazon, etc). 

Nicole CareyMelvin GauciDaniel CaloviJeff DusekKirstin PetersenMike RubensteinMonica OrtizAlex CornejoNils NappRichard MooreKarthik DantuSpring BermanSabine HauertLeia StirlingYonglae ParkBorrong ChenTyler GibsonNick HoffChihhan YuAnkit PatelDaniel YaminsJustin Werfel

  • Nicole Carey, Postdoc, 2015-2019, Researcher @ AutoDesk Robotics
  • Melvin Gauci, Wyss TechDev fellow, 2015-2019, Researcher @ Amazon Robotics
  • Daniel Calovi, Postdoc, 2015-2019, Researcher @ Max Planck Institute, Germany
  • Jeff Dusek, Postdoc 2016-17, Faculty @ Olin College
  • Kirstin Petersen, PhD 2014, Faculty @ Cornell (Packard Fellow 2019!)
  • Mike Rubenstein, Postdoc 2011-15, Faculty @ Northwestern (Sloan Fellow 2018)
  • Monica Ortiz, Postdoc 2013-15, STEM Faculty @ Greenwich Academy
  • Alex Cornejo, Postdoc 2012-14, Engineer, Google
  • Nils Napp, Postdoc 2012-14, Faculty @ SUNY Buffalo
  • Richard Moore, Postdoc 2012-14, Engineer, SINTEF (Norway)
  • Karthik Dantu, Postdoc 2011-13, Faculty @ SUNY BUffalo
  • Spring Berman, Postdoc 2011-12, Faculty @ Arizona State Univ (Tenured 2018!)
  • Sabine Hauert, Affiliate, Faculty @ Univ. of Bristol, UK
  • Leia Stirling, Affiliate, Faculty @ MIT
  • Yong-lae Park, Wyss Fellow 2010-13, Faculty @ CMU
  • Bor-rong Chen, Postdoc 2009-11, Engineer, Apple
  • Tyler Gibson, PhD 2011, Postdoc, CalTech
  • Nick Hoff, PhD 2011, Researcher, BBN
  • Chih-han Yu, PhD 2010, Founder CEO, Appier
  • Ankit Patel, PhD 2008, Faculty @ Rice University and Baylor College
  • Daniel Yamins, PhD 2008, Faculty @ Stanford
  • Justin Werfel, PhD 2006, Senior Research Scientist, Wyss Institute

Masters Students:

  • Jeremy Wanner (EPFL, Masters Student, 2020)
  • Lucie Houel (EPFL Masters Student, 2019)
  • Florian Berlinger (ETH 2016, Low-cost Underwater Robot)
  • Luca Brusatin (EPFL 2015, Kilobot Dispersion Algorithms)
  • Lucian Cucu (EPFL 2014, Self-Assembling Robots)
  • Raphael Cherney (EPFL 2012, Optic Flow Aerial Vehicles) => RootRobotics co-founder!
  • Adrian Cabrera (EPFL 2011, Collective Transport)
  • Jona Raphael (BU 2011, Wearable Hand Orthotic)
  • Julius Degesys (2008, Self-organizing Networks)
  • FX Williems (2007, Self-adapting Modular Robots)
  • Jimming and Winston Cheng (2005, Shapebugs Algorithm)

Undergraduates:  Gabriel Thomas Seymour (Columbia, 2019), Katherine Binney (Harvard, Senior Thesis, 2018-2019), Audrey Jones (MSU, 2018)Sophia Nielsen (Olin, 2018), Noon Farsab (Rochestor, 2018), Erika Gutierrez (CSUSB, 2018), Isabel Schaal (F&M, 2018), Katya Soltan (Olin, 2017), Arielle-Cherie Paterson (UMBC, 2017), Jesus Hernandez (Swarthmore, 2017), Ranye Mclendon (UMBC, 2017), Kayla Engelsted (UMinn, 2017), Erika Gutierrez (CSUSB, 2017), Annaleah Ernst (2016-17), Serena Booth (2015-16, Hoopes Prize Winner), Elizabeth Esterly (UNM, 2016), Suproteem Sarkar (2016), Lilly Percival (Bunker Hill, 2016), Marley Asford (2016), Sara Lewis (2016), David Becerra (2015), Dylan Altschuler (Princeton, 2015), Jonathan Budd (2015), Bo Cimino (2015), Devin Carroll (2014), Max Kanwal (2014), Jao-ke Chin-Lee (2012), Rapheal Cherney (Olin, 2012), Jessica Wu, Olive Rappoli (WPI), Neena Kamath, Peter Bailis (Now Faculty @ Stanford), Fiona Wood, KyuBok Lee, Susan Zheng (CMU), Noah Olsman (USC), Rebecca Belisle (Olin College, Now Faculty @ Wellesley!),Sid Chandrasekhran, Svilen Kanev, David Robinson, Kristina Haller (MIT), Andrei Munteanu, Crystal Schuil, Matthew Valente

Other Group Members: Zack Zeiper (Harvard PhD Student, 2019), 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).