People

Principal Investigator

Kevin Chen   yufengc@mit.edu
Kevin Chen is an assistant professor in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT. He received his PhD in Engineering Sciences at Harvard University under the supervision of Professor Robert J. Wood. His work focuses on developing insect-scale robots capable of locomotion and transition between air, land, and water. His research interests also include developing high bandwidth and robust soft actuators for microrobot manipulation and locomotion. He is a recipient of the best student paper award at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2015, a Harvard Teaching Excellence Award, and he was named to the “Forbes 30 Under 30” list in the category of Science.

Graduate

Zhijian Ren   zhijianr@mit.edu
Zhijian Ren is currently a first-year PhD in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT. He received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and bachelor’s degree in automation at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research focuses on the actuation, sensing and control of soft and bio-inspired robots. He was a recipient of Grass Instrument Company Fellowship at MIT. During his undergraduate studies, his research project was awarded as one of the outstanding innovation project at SJTU. Zhijian likes watching movies and detective novels in his free time and he is a big fan of Celtics!

Suhan Kim   suhank@mit.edu
Suhan Kim is a PhD student in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT. He received his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Seoul National University (SNU). Suhan’s research interest is on the fabrication and integration of soft and micro robotics, and currently focuses on developing 4-legged crawling robots. Suhan received ‘Outstanding BS Thesis Award’ for his undergrad research project, and was nominated as the finalist for best paper award at RoboSoft 2020 conference with his research topic during Master’s degree. Suhan likes cooking and taking photographs.