Endo received BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering in Keio Univ. in Japan. There he also worked as research assistant at Kitano Symbiotic Systems Project, ERATO, JST in Japan. After graduation, he worked as a researcher for robotics technology at fuRo in CIT in Japan where he focused on developing humanoid robotics. He is currently a PhD student in EECS undertaking research in the design and control of the active-knee prosthesis and a whole robotic leg system which includes a biarticular knee and ankle.
Before coming to the Media Lab, Todd worked at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, CSAIL, and École Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. His undergraduate degree is in Mathematics and he obtained in his S.M. from the Biomechatronics group in 2009 working on balance and angular momentum control. Since then he has worked as a visiting scientist at Medtronic developing machine learning approaches to arrhythmia detection. He is continuing his PhD work with the Biomechatronics Group developing new algorithms for the control of a robotic ankle prosthetic. His research interests are in medical devices, machine learning, computer science, and applied mathematics. Outside of research he is interested in startups, international development, and breakdancing.
David was born in Sierra Leone and lived there until 2004. He left to study at the Red Cross Nordic United World College to complete the International Baccalaureate program. After Norway, David moved to the USA to study Biomedical Engineering at Harvard University, where he received his bachelor’s degree.
In his previous life, he started an NGO (www.gmin.org) and co-founded a social enterprise (lebone.org), among other projects. Presently, David is pursuing his master’s degree with the Biomechatronics Group at the Media Lab — MIT. His research is focused on human-machine interfaces (prosthetic sockets). He coaches the Harvard Men’s Club Soccer team, plays for the MIT Graduate Soccer team, and loves traveling and learning new languages.
Nadya Peek dropped out of many different courses of study including literature, physics, and fine art, finally graduating with a BSc degree in artificial intelligence at the University of Amsterdam. Now she is a Ph.D. candidate in the Center for Bits and Atoms, working on low-cost analytical instrumentation. She’s been spending her summers in India working in the FabLabs and the Jaipur Foot organization on adjustable and customizable pediatric prosthetics and orthotics.