James Foster joined the UWF/IHMC Intelligent Systems and Robotics PhD program in September 2021. His research focuses on the investigation of optimal control and learning-based approaches for adaptive humanoid locomotion, and their subsequent implementation on Nadia, the next-generation humanoid under active development in IHMC’s Robotics Lab.
Originally from England, James obtained a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Sheffield, where he worked on a variety of space-related projects, including control design for a solar telescope mounted on a weather balloon. He also has a master’s degree in control systems from Imperial College London.
In his spare time, James’ hobbies include reading, swimming and rugby union.