[KAY-tee BILL] firstname.lastname@example.org
My UCSB homepage (with link to online calendar) is here: http://www.ece.ucsb.edu/~katiebyl
|The Byl family have recently moved from the
"fair city of Cambridge, MA" to
fair-weathered Santa Barbara, CA.
Our other big news this past year is the birth of our son, Pieter Byl.|
|You can see me (and labmates) doing some serious trash talking on robotics in a fun mockumentary on the Goblin Man (go to Part 3: exhibition). Note, LittleDog gets a starring role, too.|
|The funnest part of my PhD research was developing these dynamic motions for LittleDog. And yes, LittleDog is in fact the smaller sibling of the BigDog robot. Both are products of Boston Dynamics.|
|--->||[cool video at left...]|
|I have a notorious past. I was a professional gambler for several years on the infamous MIT Blackjack Team.
My name was Katie
Lilienkamp back then, and the "team" was actually a series of variously-named LLCs [warning: That last, wikipedia-page link is pretty unbalanced. Maybe some day the many-score various past-teammates and I will attain activation energy to retify that... but I would not hold my breath for that eventuality.]
Side note: Successful gamblers and roboticists have two things in common: getting paid to play, and a proclivity to work late-night hours in windowless spaces. If you are weighing these two career options personally, however, do not belittle the fact that your average robot lab affords a much more smoke-free daily working environment.
I've TA'd an epic number of times at MIT (see my CV!) . If you had me as a TA, please do drop me a line! I am curious what adventures and turns your life has taken (even if you didn't end up studying controls).
|List to be updated...||Metastable Walking on Stochastically Rough Terrain, RSS 2008 (Katie Byl and Russ Tedrake) [movie]|
|Approximate Optimal Control of the Compass Gait on Rough Terrain, ICRA 2008 (Katie Byl and Russ Tedrake) [movie]|
|Control of the Compass Gait on Rough Terrain , Dynamic Walking (DW) 2008 (Katie Byl and Russ Tedrake) [pdf of ppt presentation]|
|Lab Experiences for Teaching Undergraduate Dynamics - M.S. thesis, Katie Byl (nee Lilienkamp)|
|A Simulink-Driven Dynamic Signal Analyzer - B.S. thesis, Katie Byl (nee Lilienkamp)|
|Dynamic Signal Analyzer for dSPACE - Quick documentation of the DSA developed for my Bachelor's thesis|
|i.e., the good stuff is just ahead... Happy hunting!|
LittleDog Quadruped Robot
Compass Gait Biped Model
More video coming soon...