PhD Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA. Graduate Research Assistant at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago, IL, USA.
Mahdieh is a doctoral student in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Northwestern University. She received her B.E. (Hons) in Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and her M.S. in Robotics from Northwestern University. She has worked at several robotics labs and startups in New Zealand and the US. She has experience working with smart material, wearable devices, and surgical platforms. She co-invented fabric sensors while at StretchSense Inc., helping expand the product line to wearable applications. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning, novel sensing, and control strategies and robotics with applications in assistive devices and rehabilitation. She is particularly interested in developing novel algorithms for assistive robotics to introduce learning from non-experts and non-task-experts to robot autonomy and learning to platforms such as wheelchairs and robotic arms.