Curriculum Vitae

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Education

Harvard University

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PhD student in Computer Science, 2016 – present

Advisor: Prof. Radhika Nagpal

Imperial College London

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Master of Research in Bioengineering, with Distinction, 2016

Advisors: Prof. Etienne Burdet, Dr. Ildar Farkhatdinov
Thesis: Assisting Balance Recovery with a Lower Limb Exoskeleton

Northeastern University

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BS in Behavioral Neuroscience, 2015

GPA: 3.98 / 4.0, summa cum laude
Honors Thesis: Asymmetric Learning in an Asymmetric Bimanual Task


Research

Harvard Self-organizing Systems Research Group

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Prof. Radhika Nagpal


Multi-feature perception and decision making in robot collectives, 2016 – present

Imperial College Human Robotics Group

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Prof. Etienne Burdet, Dr. Ildar Farkhatdinov


Co-control of balance recovery in a lower limb exoskeleton, 2015 – 2016

Northeastern University Action Lab

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Prof. Dagmar Sternad


Prediction and stability in control of objects with complex dynamics, 2014 – 2015
Learning and long-term retention of an asymmetric bimanual task, 2012 – 2015
Effects of central fatigue on cognitive and motor performance, 2011 – 2012

Northeastern University Marine Science Center

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Prof. Joseph Ayers


Neuro-inspired rheotaxis and antenna design in a robotic lobster, May – August 2015

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Autonomous Motion Department

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Prof. Stefan Schaal


Learning and exploration in a novel dimensionality-reduction task, July – December 2013


Grants and Scholarships

2016 Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)
2015 Marshall Scholarship
2014 Northeastern Provost Undergraduate Advanced Research Award
2013 Goldwater Scholarship
2013Northeastern Provost Undergraduate Research Award
2013 DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship
2013 Northeastern Presidential Global Scholarship
2010Northeastern National Merit Scholarship

Awards

2016 Hertz Fellowship Finalist
2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Honorable Mention
2015 Northeastern University Honors Program Distinction
2015 Northeastern Honors in the Discipline, Behavioral Neuroscience (Honors thesis)
2015Northeastern Alex Skavenski Award for Excellence in Behavioral Neuroscience
2015Northeastern Sears B. Condit Award for academic achievement
2015Northeastern Dean's List (6 semesters)
2015 Rhodes, Fulbright, and Mitchell Scholarship Finalist

Publications

S. Bazzi, J. Ebert, N. Hogan, and D. Sternad, "Stability and Predictability in Dynamically Complex Physical Interactions;" ICRA 2018.

J. Ebert, M. Gauci, and R. Nagpal, "Multi-Feature Decision Making in Agent Collectives;" AAMAS 2018.

[ In preparation ]   S. Park, J. Ebert, D. Sternad, "Asymmetric Learning in an Asymmetric Bimanual Task."


Conferences and Presentations

J. Ebert, C. Teeple, E. Steinhardt, and S. Ramanathan, "Infotaxis in a Multi-agent Sensor Network." Poster at: DOE CSGF Program Review; 24–27 July 2017; Washington, DC.

I. Farkhatdinov, J. Ebert, G. van Oort, E. van Asseldonk, and E. Burdet, "Human Balance Augmentation with Lower Limb Exoskeleton Robot. Extended abstract and poster at: RehabWeek 2017 workshop: Towards a next generation of wearable robotic devices for human-oriented assistance and therapy; 17 July 2017; London, UK.

J. Ebert, I. Farkhatdinov, G. van Oort, E. van Asseldonk, and E. Burdet, "Preliminary Study on Assisting Balance Recovery with Lower Limb Exoskeleton." Work in progress paper and poster at: EuroHaptics 2016; 4–7 July 2016; London, UK.

D. Sternad, A. Mukovskiy, J. Ebert, and T. Dijkstra, "Dynamic Stability in the Control of Complex Objects." Poster at: Biomechanics and Neural Control of Movement 2016; 12–17 June 2016; Mt. Sterling, OH.

J. Ebert, S. Park, and D. Sternad, "Asymmetric Learning in an Asymmetric Bimanual Task." Poster at: Society for the Neural Control of Movement 25th Annual Meeting; 20–24 April 2015; Charleston, SC.

J. Ebert, A. Mukovskiy, T. Dijkstra, and D. Sternad, "Why You Don’t Spill Your Coffee." Poster at:Northeastern University Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo (RISE); 9 April 2015; Boston, MA.

J. Ebert, S. Kim, D. Sternad, and S. Schaal, "Learning and exploration in a novel dimensionality-reduction task." Poster at: Society for the Neural Control of Movement 24th Annual Meeting; 20–25 April 2014; Amsterdam, NL.

J. Ebert, S. Park, and D. Sternad, "Asymmetric Learning in an Asymmetric Bimanual Task." Poster at: Northeastern University Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo (RISE); 10 April 2014; Boston, MA.

J. Ebert, S. Park, and D. Sternad, "Asymmetric Learning in an Asymmetric Bimanual Task." Poster at: Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium; 2–3 March 2013; Biddeford, ME.

J. Ebert, S. Park, L. Griffin, T. O’Neil-Pirozzi, and D. Sternad, "Central Fatigue in Cognitive and Motor Performance." Poster at: Northeastern University Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo (RISE); 29 March 2012; Boston, MA.


Talks

J. Ebert, M. Gauci, and R. Nagpal, "Collective Perception and Decision Making in Heterogeneous Swarms," Wyss Institute Molecular Robotics Initiative; 14 September 2017


Teaching

Harvard University

CS 189: Autonomous Robot Systems, Teaching Fellow, Spring 2018

Northeastern University


CS 2510: Fundamentals of Computer Science: Teaching Assistant, 2014 – 2015
CS 2510: Fundamentals of Computer Science: Tutor, 2011 – 2014
Proactive Recruitment in Science and Mathematics (PRISM), Undergraduate Mentor, 2011 – 2013


Employment

Interactive Motion Technologies

Software Development Co-op, July – September 2014


Service

2010 – 2015Northeastern Civic Engagement Program
2014 – 2015Boston Bikes: Volunteer
2014Tutor team leader at TechBoston Academy
2011 – 2013Brigham and Women's Hospital: Medical Career Exploration Program volunteer
2010 – 2011Massachusetts General Hospital: Youth Program mentor

Skills

Programming Languages

Python (including Django, NumPy, SciPy, MatPlotLib) • MATLAB • C/C++ (including OpenMP, AVR, Arduino) • HTML/CSS • LaTeX • JavaScript • Java • Simulink • LabView

Fabrication

Laser cutting • 3D printing • Vinyl cutting • CNC milling, ShopBot • Electronics design (Eagle) and production • Soldering • Sewing • Molding and casting

Other

Computer-aided design (OnShape) • Database design • Linux • Embedded programming • 3D motion capture • Kinematic and EEG data collection in human subjects


Relevant Coursework

Computer Science

Biologically-inspired Multi-agent Systems • Distributed Systems • Machine Learning • Network Algorithms • Computational Neurodynamics • Artificial Intelligence • Robotics

Science

How to Make (Almost) Anything • Biomimetics • Comparative Neurobiology • Human Neuroanatomy • Biochemistry • Genetics and Molecular Biology • Organic Chemistry

Mathematics

Biological Signal Processing • Statistics and Data Analysis • Multivariable Calculus • Linear Algebra • Differential Equations


Activities and Interests

Harvard University curling team
Imperial College fencing club
Northeastern University pep band, drumline, and wind ensemble

Cycling • Web design and development • Graphic design • Writing • Baking