Julia Ebert

  • Program Year: 2
  • Academic Institution: Harvard University
  • Field of Study: Computer Science and Bioengineering
  • Academic Advisor: Radhika Nagpal
  • Practicum(s): Practicum Not Yet Completed
  • Degree(s):
    M.S. Bioengineering, Imperial College London, 2016; B.S. Behavioral Neuroscience, Northeastern University, 2015
  • Personal URL: http://juliaebert.com

Summary of Research

Researchers emulate the physical manifestation of biological systems in biomimetic robotics, but they still cannot mimic biological controllers because the neural basis of movement remains elusive. My goal is to develop new forms of biomimetic control based on neural control of movement in biological systems. This requires an understanding of the neural systems, as well as the ability to simulate and replicate these highly parallel processes. I plan to use recent advances in deep neural networks, spiking neuron models, and bio-inspired network design to create robust control for low-cost autonomous robots.

Publications

Poster presentations:

Ebert J, Farkhatdinov I, van Oort G, van Asseldonk E, & Burdet E. "Preliminary Study on Assisting Balance Recovery with Lower Limb Exoskeleton." Work in progress paper and poster presented at: EuroHaptics 2016; 2016 July 4-7; London, UK.

Ebert J, Park S, & Sternad D."Asymmetric Learning in an Asymmetric Bimanual Task." Poster presented at: Society for the Neural Control of Movement 25th Annual Meeting; 2015 April 20-24; Charleston, SC.

Ebert J ,Mukovskiy A, Dijkstra T, & Sternad D. "Why You Don't Spill Your Coffee." Poster presented at: Northeastern University Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo (RISE); 2015 April 9; Boston, MA.

Ebert J ,Kim S, Sternad D, & Schaal S. "Learning and exploration in a novel dimensionality-reduction task." Poster presented at: Society for the Neural Control of Movement 24th Annual Meeting; 2014 April 20-25; Amsterdam, NL.

Ebert J, Park S, & Sternad D. "Asymmetric Learning in an Asymmetric Bimanual Task." Poster presented at: Northeastern University Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo (RISE); 2014 April 10; Boston, MA.

Ebert J, Park S, & Sternad D. "Asymmetric Learning in an Asymmetric Bimanual Task." Poster presented at: Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium; 2013 March 2-3; Biddeford, ME.

Ebert J, Park S, Griffin L, O-Neil-Pirozzi T, Sternad D. "Central Fatigue in Cognitive and Motor Performance." Poster presented at: Northeastern University Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo (RISE); 2012 March 29; Boston,MA.

Awards

2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship honorable mention
2016 Hertz Fellowship finalist
2015 Marshall Scholarship
2014 Finalist for Rhodes, Fulbright, and Mitchell Scholarship
2013 Barry Goldwater Scholarship
2013 DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship