About Me

I am a roboticist and PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. I am pursuing a PhD under the direction of Allison Okamura and Mac Schwager.

Research Interest

My work focuses on building soft robots that can change their shape while being safe around people. I design new pneuamtic actuators, soft haptic devices, and soft robots that use many actuators to activley change their shape.

Education

PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University (Expected Summer 2020)

MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University (June 2017)

BS in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University (June 2015)

Experience

Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine Lab (CHARM Lab )

Multi Robot Systems Lab (MSL)

Facebook Reality Lab Research Intern focused on bringing a sense of touch to virtual reality.

Publications

Nathan S. Usevitch, Andrew Stanley. Cutting the Cord: Soft Haptic Devices without a Pressure Source. In IEEE-RAS International Conference on Soft Robotics (Robosoft), 2019.

Nathan S. Usevitch, Allison M. Okamura, and Elliot W. Hawkes. APAM: Antagonistic Pnuematic Artificial Muscle. In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2018.

Laura H. Blumenschein, Nathan S. Usevitch, Brian H. Do, Elliot W. Hawkes, and Allison M. Okamura. Helical actuation on a soft inflated robot body. In IEEE-RAS International Conference on Soft Robotics (Robosoft), 2018.

Nathan S. Usevitch, Zachary M. Hammond, Sean W. Follmer, and Mac Schwager. Linear Actuator Robots: Differential Kinematics, Controllability, and Algorithms for Locomotion and Shape Morphing. In IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pages 5361-5367, 2017 .

Zachary Hammond, Nathan S. Usevitch, Elliot W. Hawkes, and Sean Follmer. Pnuematic Reel Actuator: Design, Modeling and Implementation. In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pages 626-633, 2017.

Nathan S. Usevitch, Rohan Khanna, Robert M. Carrera, and Allison M. Okamura. End Effector for a Kinesthetic Haptic Device Capable of Displaying Variable Size and Stiffness. In Eurohaptics, pages 363-372, 2016.