Robotics Lab  
ECE 179D  
ECE 147B  
New Members  
[Katie Byl] Katie Byl
[KAY-tee BILL]
(805) 893-4924

Rm 5115 Harold Frank Hall
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation (CCDC)

Lab: 4150 Harold Frank Hall

Online Calendar, CV, our Robotics Lab website link

Recent Press

(Ha, ha... OK, "recent" is a stretch, since I am admittedly terrible about updating websites.)
Here are various youtube videos I like, nonetheless:


My research interests are robot dynamics and control: particularly, locomotion and manipulation. Example applications include supervised autonomy, rough-terrain walking/running, exoskeletons, and 3-axis control of flapping-wing flight.


I have reluctantly adopted GauchoSpace for recent class materials. Unfortunately, GauchoSpace requires UCSB credentials. Please contact me (katiebyl@ece.ucsb.edu) if you are interested in more recent class materials.
ECE 183 / ME 169 / PHYS 106 -Spring 2013 -Nonlinear Phenomena
ECE 147B -Winter 2013 -Digital Control
ECE 179D / ME 179D / ECE 594D -Fall 2012 -Robot Dynamics and Control
ECE 179D / ME 179D / ECE 594D -Spring 2012 -Robot Dynamics and Control
ECE 147B -Winter 2012 -Digital Control
ECE 238 -Fall 2011 -Advanced Control Design Lab
ECE 194D -Spring 2011 -Robot Dynamics and Control
ECE 147B -Winter 2011 -Digital Control
ECE 248 -Fall 2010 -Kalman and Adaptive Filtering
ECE 238 -Spring 2010 -Advanced Control Design Lab
ECE 594D -Winter 2010 -Robot Locomotion


Katie Byl received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT. Her research is in dynamic systems and control, with particular interest in modeling and control techniques to deal with the inherent challenges of underactuation and stochasticity that characterize bio-inspired robot locomotion and manipulation in real-world environments. Past research funding includes DARPA's M3 program, the DARPA Robotics Challenge (with JPL), the Army's Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB) and Robotics CTA programs, an NSF CAREER award (2013), the Hellman Foundation (2012), and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Neuroscience (2011). Katie has worked on a wide range of research topics in the control of dynamic systems, including magnetic bearing control, flapping-wing microrobotics, piezoelectic noise cancellation for aircraft, and vibration isolation for gravity wave detection, and she was once a professional gambler on the now-infamous MIT Blackjack Team.