Published by Penn Engineering
M. Ani Hsieh, research associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, has been named Deputy Director of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory. Hsieh assumes the role as former Deputy Director CJ Taylor transitions to his new position, Penn Engineering’s first Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Hsieh, who began her tenure in the GRASP Lab as a graduate student, is an expert in the control and planning of complex and collective behaviors of multi-agent robotic systems. She is particularly interested in aquatic robotic systems and their applications in environmental monitoring.
Though the open ocean is a particularly challenging environment for anything containing delicate machinery and electronics, wind and waves represent both a way of powering fleets of miniature, autonomous robotic boats and a source of data relevant to studying climate change, the spread of pollution, and more.
Hsieh’s work has been recognized by her receipt of the Office of Naval Research ONR Young Investigator Award and the National Science Foundation NSF CAREER Award.