The team (faculty, postdocs, and students) for the Neural-inspired Sparse Sensing and Control for Agile Flight MURI
The Neural-inspired Sparse Sensing and Control for Agile Flight MURI team at the kickoff meeting.

Leadership

Bing Brunton (University of Washington), the Principal Investigator of the MURI on Neural-inspired Sparse Sensing and Control for Agile FlightBing Brunton is the MURI's Principal Investigator and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on developing data-driven analytic methods that are applied to and inspired by neuroscience questions, including neural-inspired sparse sensing and control for biological and engineered systems. Dr. Brunton's awards include an AFOSR Young Investigator Award, a University of Washington Innovation Award, and a Sloan Research Fellowship.
Sarah Bergbreiter (Carnegie Mellon University), a faculty member on the MURI on Neural-inspired Sparse Sensing and Control for Agile FlightSarah Bergbreiter is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research uses microsystems, microfabrication, and novel materials as tools to improve robotics, including the development of soft sensors that detect mechanical strain or pressure. Dr. Bergbreiter’s awards include a DARPA Young Faculty Award, an NSF CAREER Award, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers Award.
Steve Brunton (University of Washington), a faculty member on the MURI on Neural-inspired Sparse Sensing and Control for Agile FlightSteve Brunton is the James B. Morrison Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. His research focuses on data-driven dynamical systems in sensorimotor control, with an emphasis on efficient computations, sensor placement optimization, and turbulent fluid flow control. Dr. Brunton's awards include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers Award, AFOSR and ARO Young Investigator Awards, and a UW College of Engineering Faculty Award for Teaching.
Tom Daniel (University of Washington), a faculty member on the MURI on Neural-inspired Sparse Sensing and Control for Agile FlightTom Daniel holds the Komen Endowed Chair in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington. His research programs focus on biomechanics and sensory systems, addressing questions about the physics, engineering and neural control of movement in biology. Dr. Daniel’s awards include a MacArthur Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and awards for teaching and mentoring at the University of Washington.
Jonathan How (MIT), a faculty member on the MURI on Neural-inspired Sparse Sensing and Control for Agile FlightJonathan How is the Richard Cockburn Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on navigation and control, including adaptive flight control to enable autonomous agile flight, as well as the design and implementation of distributed robust planning algorithms. Dr. How is an IEEE Fellow, an AIAA Fellow, and received the Department of the Air Force Commander's Public Service Award.
Nathan Kutz (University of Washington), a faculty member on the MURI on Neural-inspired Sparse Sensing and Control for Agile FlightNathan Kutz is the Robert Bolles and Yasuko Endo Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington. His research focuses on nonlinear dynamics and dimensionality reduction for applications across the engineering, physical and biological sciences. Dr. Kutz's awards include an NSF CAREER Award and a Boeing Teaching Award from the UW Department of Applied Mathematics.
Alison Mehravari (University of Washington), the Scientific Program Manager for the MURI on Neural-inspired Sparse Sensing and Control for Agile FlightAlison Mehravari is the MURI's Scientific Program Manager, based at the University of Washington. She holds a Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Neuroscience from Middlebury College. In addition to the MURI, Dr. Mehravari manages the operations for the AFOSR Center of Excellence on Nature-Inspired Flight Technologies and Ideas and the UW Center for Translational Muscle Research

Students and Postdoctoral Fellows