This year, four students studying computer science at Tufts University were nominated for the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awards, and all four were ultimately recognized by the CRA. Samuel Shaw E20 was named a finalist, while fellow School of Engineering seniors Amel Hassan, Oliver Korten, and Faizan Muhammad each received an honorable mention.
Shaw's research interests include the development of biologically-inspired robots. "I am interested in how we can take cues from biological systems to inform the design and control of modern robots," he said. "During my time at Tufts, I researched central pattern generators (CPGs), a biologically-inspired gait generation method for articulated robots. More specifically, I explored how sensory feedback can be incorporated into CPGs to allow legged robots to traverse challenging terrain: steep inclines, rocks, and stairs." Read the full story on tufts.edu >