PLOS Biology

27/07/23: Very excited that our latest work in collaboration with the Napp lab and the Smith Bee lab and many others, on construction of distributed construction of hexagonal comb across honey bees and social wasps came out in… Read More

R:SS 2023 Workshop talk

14/7/23: If you’re at the Conference of Robotics: Science and Systems, we hope you will join us for an invited talk by Kirstin Petersen at the Workshop for Translational Soft Robots in successful Real-World Applications, on “Harnessing Nonuniform… Read More

SFI Symposium

20-23/6/23: Dr. Alexandra Nilles and alumni Dr. Steven Ceron presents at the “Collective Intelligence: Foundations and Radical Ideas” Symposium at the Santa Fe Institute – and won the Best Poster Award!


06/06/23: Huge congratulations to Dr. Steven Ceron for getting our joint work with Max Planck on “Programmable self-organization of heterogeneous microrobot collectives” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today! Check the original article here,… Read More

MPI Seminar

23/05/23: If you find yourself near Stuttgart, please join me at my invited research seminar at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems May 23rd 11am.

EI Conference

15/03/2023: Only 7 days left to the 3rd annual International Conference on Embodied Intelligence (March 22-24th). The conference in held online and attendance is free with registration. Prof. Petersen will be chairing the second half of the first… Read More

Nat Comms

20/2/23: Very excited to announce that Drs Ceron and O’Keeffe’s work on “Diverse Behaviors in Non-Uniform Chiral and Non-Chiral Swarmalators” was just published in Nature Communications today! Addendum 7/3/2023: The article was just featured in the Applied Physics… Read More


21/1/23: Very excited to announce that our work on Harnessing Nonuniform Pressure Distributions in Soft Robotic Actuators was published in the Journal for Advanced Intelligent Systems today. It is also slated to appear on the inside cover of… Read More

HRI 2023

05/12/22: Big congratulations to the two sets of collaborators who just had their papers accepted to the 2023 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2023): Yuhan Hu, Jin Ryu, David Gundana, Kirstin Petersen, Hadas Kress-Gazit, Guy Hoffman…. Read More

Teaching Award

23/09/2022: Kirstin Petersen receives the Douglas Whitney ‘61 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Cornell College of Engineering, for her design and implementation of the Fast Robots course.