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• Anthony Threat
• Joe Manganelli
• Tarek Mohktar
• Henrique Houayek

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• Christina Keefe (MEng)
• Samantha Hollenberg (MEng)
• Roanja Milo (MEng)

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• Audrey Tirtohadiguno (DEA)
• Conrad McCarthy (ME)
• Gauri Jain (ECE)

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Keith Evan Green | Director, ARL
is professor of design (DEA) and mechanical engineering (MAE) at Cornell University. At the interface of design, robotics, and psychology, Green’s Architectural Robotics Lab ("AR"L) creates cyber-physical environments for an increasingly digital society. In so doing, Green strives to cultivate interactions across living things and their surroundings to form techno(eco)logies. The novelty of Green’s research lies in its recognition of the built environment, from furniture to the metropolis, as a next frontier of design, engineering, and human-environment interaction. More broadly, the ARL generates new vocabularies of design and new, complex realms of understanding that shape novel, computational and bio-centric environments.

Widely published in IEEE and ACM proceedings and journals, Green is also the author of Architectural Robotics: Ecosystems of Bits, Bytes and Biology (MIT Press, 2016). Green earned B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.Arch. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a licensed architect and senior member of IEEE. (Green's homepage)

Yixiao Wang pic Yixiao Wang | PhD DEA
is a Ph.D. student at Cornell in Design + Environmental Analysis (DEA). Prior to Cornell, Yixiao earned a master of architecture at UC Berkeley and worked with ASAP (Buffalo) and Marc Fornes & Theverymany (New York) on the "Chrysalis Amphitheatre" project in Merriweather Park, Columbia, MD. For as long as Yixiao can remember, he's been passionate about tinkering with computers, electronics and design. In the lab, his specific research focus is the development and testing of a robotics embedded room serving as a partner with human inhabitants undertaking creative activities. Outside the lab, Yixiao plays piano and reads novels.

Elena Sabinson| PhD DEA
is a PhD student at Cornell in Design + Environmental Analysis. At Drexel University, where Elena received her MS in Interior Design, Elena was an Assistatn Teaching Professor. Prior to grad school at Drexel, Elena earned a BA from Binghamton University, where she studied Philosophy and Creative Writing. Elena is particularly fascinated with emerging technologies and how to implement these new interactions so that they increase empathy. She hopes to contribute to a new ethical landscape of human robot interaction (HRI), and explore the use of biological materials and digital design practices in creative and innovative ways.

Carlos Araujo de Aguiar | PhD DEA is a Ph.D. student at Cornell in Design + Environmental Analysis from Rio de Janeiro. Prior to Cornell, Carlos earned a master of computational design at University of Washington. Carlos is exploring how distributed, responsive systems can foster place attachment in human inhabitants. In the lab, his research focuses on EnAct, a responsive, cyber-physical, urban public space accommodating (especially) elders. Carlos is also contributing to the development of the home+ project enabling aging in place, such that his broader aim is to make a more capacious living environment for older people both inside and outside their homes. When not in the lab, Carlos enjoys reading science fiction novels and practicing yoga and meditation.

Alex Bernard Richa Sirohi | M.Eng Systems E.
is a Cornell graduate student pursuing a Masters of Engineering in Systems Engineering. She comes to Cornell directly from the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), and will return to JPL after graduation.
For JPL, Richa worked on the M2020 Mars Rover. She earned a MS in Mechanical Engineering at Baylor University, and was a Fullbright Alternate and an IBM Thomas J. Watson Scholar.

Alex Bernard Mengni (Ni) Zhang | PhD DEA
is a PhD DEA student at Cornell focussed in Human Behavior and Design. His focus include interactive environment, healthcare architecture, wellness design and robotics. Prior to joining the DEA, he has been working in San Francisco as a healthcare architect for five years, developing a special interest in interaction and robotics for hospital settings. Mengni holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from Cornell's AAP and a master's degree in design studies with concentration in urban resilience from Harvard's GSD. He is also madly obsessed with Bach. 

Paulina Villcreces Paulina Villacreces | MS DEA
is an MSc student in Design + Environmental Analysis
with a concentration in Human Factors & Ergonomics. Paulina is from Quito, Ecuador. She earned her BS at San Francisco State University in Product Design: with a concentration in "Product Design & Development." For the past two years she has been designing and fabricating different mobility devices and adaptive equipment for children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

Samantha H Photo Christian Ray | M.Eng MAE
is a Cornell Master’s of Engineering student in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton. Christian enjoys making gizmos and has helped develop laparoscopic surgical equipment, automated urban farming kits, and additively manufactured scoliosis braces. Currently, Christian is developing a novel gripper end effector for the home+ team. In his spare time, he enjoys shredding electric guitar as well as shredding ski slopes. 

Alex Bernard Boya Zhang | BS MAE, minor DEA
is a Cornell undergraduate student in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Design + Environmental Analysis. Prior to joining the ARL, Boya designed driveline components for Cornell’s Baja Racing Engineering Project Team and worked in R&D at Volvo over summer internships. She is now focusing on the intersection of mechanical and industrial design and wants to use her engineering background to push for greater synergy and seamless integration between the disciplines.

Christina Keefe photo Kaustav Das| MA DEA
is a Cornell
MA student in Design + Environmental Analysis with a minor in Information Science. He was born in India and brought up in Singapore. He completed his BS in Mechanical Engineering in Georgia Tech with a minor in Industrial Design. Kaustav is interested in designing and prototyping creative and innovative products for people. He likes to research user needs, brainstorm and design concepts using CAD, and conduct iterative usability testing to refine the user experience. Kaustav plays soccer, and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and camping. 

Yuxin Zhou| M.Eng MAE
is a Cornell graduate student pursuing a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. She is from Qingdao, China. She is interested in design and manufacturing, systems and control, and robotics. In the Architectural Robotics Lab, Yuxin works on the Space Agents project and is currently developing a user interface to control robot movements. In her free time, Yuxin enjoys jewelry making, traveling, and going to concerts.

Robert Shield | B.S. Eng.
is a Cornell undergraduate student in Engineering planning to pursue a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in the Dyson Business School. Robert loves tinkering with and working with mechatronic and robotics systems. He is a staff member in MAE’s Rapid Prototyping Lab, where he operates laser cutters and 3D printers, supporting both research and project teams. In the lab, he works with the Home+ to ensure functionality of the lamp robot.

Cayla Hamann| BS IS/Systems
a Cornell undergraduate studying Information Science, Systems, and Technology with an interest in human-computer interaction and user-facing software engineering. In addition to being a part of ARL, she has worked with Cornell Data Science and has worked in past summers at IBM and Argonne National Lab as a software engineer. Cayla is now focusing on user research and understanding human-robot interaction, and hopes to blend design, technology, and social impact in future projects.

Bill Addo | BS CS
a Cornell undergraduate in Computer Science. He is from Bronx, New York and is interested in artificial intelligence. In the Architectural Robotics Lab, Bill is contributing to developing and implementing the AI in robots partnering with, learning from, and teaching young children and other robots. In his spare time, Bill plays the guitar and piano, and can also be seen skateboarding around campus.

Sophie Lan | BS CS/ECE
is a Cornell undergraduate pursuing computer science. She became interested in the Architectural Robotics Lab after learning about the LIT ROOM and cyberPLAYce. The concept of engaging students in learning by interacting with a cyber-physical environment appeals to her because she loves working with elementary-aged children. In the lab, Sophie is focused on machine learning of human-robot activity patterns for implementation in the lab’s intelligent environments. Outside the lab, Sophie is violinist with the Cornell Symphony Orchestra.