Ariella  Mansfield

Ariella Mansfield


Ariella Mansfield is a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) working in the ScalAR lab, advised by Prof. Ani Hsieh. Her current research focuses on task and path planning for robots operating in marine environments affected by ocean currents. While these complex environments initially pose a challenge to planning a robot’s mission, her work examines how we can take advantage of the environmental dynamics in the planning process. Outside of her research work, she has participated in entrepreneurship at Penn, winning the Rothberg Catalyzer and the Wharton Startup Challenge Innovation Award for her team’s work on a smart orthotic wrist device for children with cerebral palsy. Prior to starting her PhD, she was a consultant with Appian Corporation from 2015-2018, where she developed and managed software projects for various US government agencies such as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Labor, and the Bureau of Land Management. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in 2015.


Energy-efficient Orienteering Problem in the Presence of Ocean Currents

Publisher IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

A Topological Approach to Path Planning for a Magnetic Millirobot

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

M. Ani Hsieh

Deputy Director, GRASP Lab; Graduate Program Chair, ROBO; Associate Professor, MEAM

Ariella  Mansfield