I am fascinated by machines that combine elegant simplicity with dynamic motion. In practice, these are often mechanisms motivated by a deep understanding of the physics of their interaction with their environment. Most research I do is related to legged locomotion, developing one-legged hopping and two-legged walking machines. I follow a minimalist design approach, looking for simple mechanisms that utilize the passive dynamics of a task.
I am also interested in creating robotic sculpture, i.e, art that combines physical and computational processes to create compelling motion. I am also committed to fostering the connection between the technical and artistic communities. I would like to see robotic technology become a set of creative tools that can be used transparently as an un-self-conscious medium.