Ara N. Knaian

Visiting Scientist

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Center for Bits and Atoms

 

Email:

Office Phone: (+1) 617-253-0620

MIT Office: E15-412

 

Education: Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, MIT, 2010

Research Interests: Applied Electromagnetics, Sensors and Actuators, Machine Design, Robotics, Control, Embedded Computing

Application Areas: Renewable Energy, Aviation, Transportation, Industrial Automation, Telecommunications, Media

 


Projects and Collaborations:

 

The Milli-Motein

Robot Pebbles

 

Amazon Kindle

 

E Ink Corporation

 

 

MIT Project ORCA

 

Responsive Roadways Traffic Sensor

 

The Alpha Omicron Phone Switch

 

The Brain Opera

(Photo Credit: Rubra / Ars Electronica)

 

The Foam Party (see also: How to Throw your Own Foam Party)

 

Digital Simulator

 


Publications:

 

Knaian, A., Electropermanent Magnetic Connectors and Actuators: Devices and Their Application in Programmable Matter, Ph.D. Thesis, MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Cambridge, MA, 2010

 

Gilpin, K.; Knaian, A.; Rus, D.; "Robot pebbles: One centimeter modules for programmable matter through self-disassembly," Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2010 IEEE International Conference on , vol., no., pp.2485-2492, 3-7 May 2010

 

Knaian, A., Design of Programmable Matter, M.S. Thesis, MIT Media Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA, 2008

 

R. Zehner, K. Amundson, A. Knaian, B. Zion, M. Johnson, G. Zhou, Drive Waveforms for Active-Matrix Electrophoretic Displays. In: SID 03: Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Society For Information Display, May 18-23, 2003, Boston, MA

 

R. Zehner, K. Amundson, A. Knaian, B. Zion, G. Zhou, M. Johnson, R. Cortie: Driving Schemes for Active Electrophoretic Displays. In: IDW 03: The 10th Annual International Display Workshop, December 3-5, 2003, Fukuoka, Japan

 

G. Duthaler, J. Au, M. Davis, H. Gates, B. Hone, A. Knaian, E. Pratt, K. Suzuki, S. Yoshiida, M. Ueda, T. Nakamura, Active Matrix Color Displays Using Electrophoretic Ink and Color Filters. In: SID 02: Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Society For Information Display, May 19-24, 2002, Boston, MA

 

Knaian, A., A Wireless Sensor Network for Smart Roadbeds and Intelligent Transportation Systems, M. Eng. Thesis, MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Cambridge, MA, 2000

 

R. Altshuler, H. Atkins, A. Cavic, C. Chase, R. Cortesi, B. Davis, F. Delatorre, J. Elgart, H. Gates, M. Hancher, A. Huang, L. Kiley, A. Knaian, J. Mallett, C. Muller, S. Newburg, B. Polito, M. Reynolds, E. Smith, E. Warmann, ORCA-II: An improved Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. In AUVSI 99: Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, July 12-16, 1999, Baltimore, MD

 

J. Jacobson, H. Gates, L. Hasan, P. Tsao, A. Knaian, P. Drzaic, J. Albert, B. Comisky, Electronic Ink and Electronic Paper. In: PPIC/JH 98: Proceedings of the Society of Electrophotography of Japan, Pan Pacific Imaging Conference / Japan Hardcopy 98, July 15-17, Tokyo, Japan

 


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