Joseph DelPreto

Graduate Student



I'm a PhD student in the Distributed Robotics Lab, working on making human-robot interaction more natural and effective by using muscle signals and brain signals.  I also enjoy making demonstrations and displays that can artfully showcase our research in fun and exciting ways.

Other research projects that I've worked on range from underwater fish to custom robots on demand.   They include creating a communication system for our soft robotic fish (SoFi), creating the electronics and programming for a distributed robotic garden that can serve as an educational platform, helping develop a system that aims to democratize robot fabrication for education or rapid prototyping, and developing electronics and user interfaces for a Wi-Fi based indoor localization system.

When I'm not working on research, I also enjoy tinkering and pursuing personal projects.  Some of my favorites include home automation and musical light shows, packing over-the-top automated Christmas decorations into my dorm rooms, and a proof-of-concept amphibious bike that was a spring break project one year.

I've also had the chance to be part of the fantastic graduate community in my dorm, Sidney Pacific, where I've served in a variety of capacities and also developed a comprehensive financial system for budgeting and purchasing from the ground up.

Hobbies include photography, learning piano/sax, archery, foosball, Seinfeld, and trying out new sports.




Intuitive Robot Control Using Muscle and Brain Activity

Our goal is to use naturally occurring brain and muscle signals to seamlessly interact with robots during collaboration tasks. Two main thrusts are real-time detection of errors using brain signals, and real-time robot control using muscle activity.

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