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 day.

Hope to see you there!

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 and Mathematics section of the Editor’s Highlights.


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 the next issue!

If you’re not up for the technical article, there’s an excellent summary in the Cornell Chronicle as well.

This was collaborative effort by Gregory Kaiser (MEng’21), Dr Yoav Matia, Prof Amir Gat, Prof. Robert Shepherd, and Prof. Nathan Lazarus.


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. Nudging or Waiting? Automatically Synthesized Robot Strategies for Evacuating Noncompliant Users in an Emergency Situation.
  • Nialah Wilson-Small, David Goedicke, Kirstin Petersen, Shiri Azenkot. A Drone Teacher: Designing Physical Human-Drone Interactions for Movement Instruction.

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.

DARS 2022

120922: Big congratulations to Danna Ma, Jiahe Chen, and Sadie Cutler for getting their work on “Smarticle 2.0: Design of Scalable, Entangled Smart Matter”, and Jack Defay and Alexandra Nilles for getting their work on “Collective Behaviors of Braitenberg Vehicles” accepted to the Intl. Symposium for Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS)!

Chen passes A-exam

18/07/2022:  Big congratulations to Jiahe Chen for passing his A-exam today!

Scientific Reports

05/05/2022: Big congratulations to graduate student Phoebe Koenig for getting her paper on “Best Practices for Instrumenting Honey Bees” accepted to Scientific Reports!

IROS 2022

30/06/22: Big congrats to graduate student Jiahe Chen for getting his paper on “Decay-Based Error Correction in Collective Robotic Construction” accepted to the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)!

Congrats Drs. Abdel-Raziq and Wilson-Small!

27/06/22: Big congratulations to Dr. Haron Abdel-Raziq who successfully defended his thesis in Electrical and Computer Engineering on the topic of “Sensing and Monitoring Pollinators: From Agent-Based Modeling to Live Sensing” and Dr. Nialah Wilson-Small who successfully defended her thesis in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering on the topic of “Embodied Physical Interactions for Robot-to-Robot and Robot-to-Human Coordination“ today. Dr. Abdel-Raziq has accepted a position as a data scientist with Shell and Dr. Wilson-Small is starting as a contact-professor at NYU Tandon in the Fall!