Cynthia Sung

Cynthia Sung

Gabel Family Term Assistant Professor, MEAM

Cynthia’s interests focus on computational methods for design automation of robotic systems. Robots integrate mechanical, electronic, and computational subsystems into physical devices that perform complex tasks ranging from autonomous navigation and manipulation to cooperative and social interactions. Cynthia aims to provide designers with intuitive computer-aided design tools for creating customized robots and behaviors. Her work involves developing techniques for representing, modeling, simulating, and fabricating these designs. Cynthia’s research lies at the intersection of computational geometry, data driven methods, and rapid fabrication techniques such as 3D printing and origami-inspired assembly.

Research Groups


Soft Hybrid Aerial Vehicle via Bistable Mechanism

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

REBOund: Untethered origami jumping robot with controllable jump height

Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Optimal structure synthesis for environment augmenting robots

Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Animatronic soft robots by additive folding

Publisher SAGE Publications

Leveraging compliance in origami robot legs for robust and natural locomotion

Publisher International Meeting of Origami Science, Mathematics, and Education

Programmable 3-d surfaces using origami tessellations

Publisher International Meeting on Origami in Science, Mathematics, and Education (OSME)

Spotlight on origami robots

Publisher Science Robotics

Functional co-optimization of articulated robots

Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Interactive robogami: An end-to-end system for design of robots with ground locomotion

Publisher International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR)

Self-folded soft robotic structures with controllable joints

Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)



Dongsheng Chen

Robotics MSE '19; PhD, MEAM

Daniel Feshbach


Weihao Huang

Robotics MSE - Submatric

Christopher Kim


Shivangi Misra

Robotics MSE '20; PhD, ESE

Seth Rogers

Robotics MSE - Submatric

Lilian Stoesser

Robotics MSE - Submatric

Yuchen Sun

Robotics MSE

Susan Zhao

Robotics MSE (On Leave of Absence)

Research Staff

Gabriel Unger

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics '20, MEAM


Rebecca Abramowitz

Robotics MSE '18 - Software Engineer, Aurora

Jaimie Carlson

Robotics MSE '19, Applied Scientist- Amazon Robotics

Kevin Chazotte

Robotics MSE '21 - Neocis

Lindsay Gardner

Robotics MSE '18 - Apple

Zhuoyu He

Robotics MSE '21

Zetong Jia

Robotics MSE '21

Enri Kina

Robotics MSE '21

Adarsh Kulkarni

Robotics MSE '21 - Autonomy and AI Applications Engineer, Ghost Robotics

Cheryl Liu

Robotics MSE '17

Samantha Lunt

Robotics MSE - Submatric '20

Avery Price

Robotics MSE '21 - Nuro

Sarah Rossman

Robotics MSE '21

Hansell Stedman

Robotics MSE '19

Inbar Tivon

Robotics MSE - '20

Yongyi Wang

Robotics MSE '19

Yifan Yuan

Robotics MSE '21

Hongji Yuan

Robotics MSE '21

Xiaozhou Zhang

Robotics MSE '21 - Software Engineer, Deeproute

Daoqi Zhang

Robotics MSE '20

Qinyi Zhu

Robotics MSE '20

Cynthia Sung

Research Areas

  • Computational Design
  • Origami Robots
  • Soft Robotics
  • Medical Robots