Lillian (Lilly) Chin is a graduate student at MIT, pursuing
a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science in Prof. Daniela Rus'
Distributed Robotics Lab.
Born in New York City, Lilly has always enjoyed connecting disparate fields
into a coherent research product. In high school, she was able to combine her
biological research in cancer metastasis with her programming experience in
robotics to create an agent-based computer model to simulate wound healing. She
was recognized for this bioengineering work as a national finalist of the Intel
Science Talent Search. This interdisciplinary bridging continued as Lilly
became an undergraduate at MIT. There, she helped create a new additive
manufacturing process with Prof. John Hart's Mechanosynthesis Group,
contributing significantly to the machine vision algorithms and electrical
print capabilities of the mechanical system.
Currently, Lilly's research interests are in robotics hardware and controls
design, specifically developing more dexterous soft robotic actuators as well
as the controls and algorithms needed to achieve complex manipulation tasks.
Her ultimate career goal is to be a professor in robotics, using her broad
interdisciplinary background to create more fully-integrated, self-contained
Outside of the lab, Lilly shoots trap with the MIT Sporting Clays Association
and does informal humanities research on the intersection of old and new media