Allen Z. Ren     任至意


Ph.D. Student
Intelligent Robot Motion (IRoM) Lab
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Princeton University

Advisor: Prof. Anirudha Majumdar


Ph.D. Research

  • Quantifying distributional shift and adversarially augmenting dataset for robot training


  • Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering, Princeton University, 2019-Present

  • M.S.E. Robotics, Johns Hopkins University, 2018-2019

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Mathematics, Johns Hopkins University, 2015-2019
    Advisor: Prof. Chen Li

Awards and Scholarships

  • James F. Bell Award, for outstanding research and scholarly achievement in mechanical engineering, JHU, 2018

  • Robotics Institute Summer Scholars, CMU, 2018

  • Robert George Gerstmyer Award, for outstanding undergraduate achievement in mechanical engineering, JHU, 2019

  • ASME Best Senior Design Project, JHU, 2019

Undergraduate Research

  • Built insect-inspired legged robots and investigated general principles of terrestrial locomotion through robophysical experiments APS 2018, BB 2019

  • Developed a proprioceptive contact-detection leg observer for Minitaur robot and applied it to disturbance and touchdown detection during stair climbing, with Prof. Aaron Johnson RISS 2018

  • Built a “smart” guitar that measures forces applied by the fingers at 72 locations on the fretboard IEEE Sensor 2019, More details


About Me

I was born in Jiangsu, China and grew up there until 16 when I came to the U.S. by myself to continue high school studies. I can speak Mandarin, English, and Wu fluently. I enjoy soccer (both watching and playing) and traveling/backpacking. I am also getting a private pilot license.